5 rules for successful employee collaboration

Zeta | April 24, 2019
employee collaboration at workplace

Win back Trend Y. Leading the way towards an employee-centric experience, this new workforce -- also known as millennial -- is pushing companies to rethink HR strategies. 

This generation prefers a flatter and more flexible work space that allows them to learn, grow and take charge. Along side, this new set of employees are also seeking ways to remove silos from the workplace and work in a more communal environment. 

Make way for a community

The concept of an isolated super-achiever is long dead. According to a study conducted by Stanford on modern-day workplaces, about 64% of the participants said the collaborative work environment helped them to be more productive at their tasks than their solitary peers. They also reported higher engagement levels, lower fatigue and a better success rate.

Collaboration isn’t just an idea. It encourages empathy; allows people to appreciate each other’s points of view, helps in uncovering new solutions, and take more ownership of their work. Thus, if implemented well, employees can accentuate their work -- not just as teams, but also as individuals. Research suggests that successful collaboration in the workplace can lead to: 

- Better engaged employees

- Improved customer experience

- Reduction in costs

- Streamlined operations

- Higher employee retention rate

Collaboration isn’t just an idea. It encourages empathy; allows people to appreciate each other’s points of view, helps in uncovering new solutions, and take more ownership of their work.

Map the collaboration path

Collaborative teamwork is only as good as the level of involvement. A true achiever now needs to be  accessible, savvy communicator and the centre of a community at work. No one can thrive alone in today's dynamic environment.

Here are five ways to creating a successful employee collaboration in workplace: 

1. Set clear goals

Help your employees understand the objective and thought of collaboration. Involve your employees. Work as a team. Build your thoughts. Next, create goals that are simple and inspires people to lead the initiative.

2. Hand over the baton

When you give people the permission to lead, chances of them taking over the ownership of a task is higher. Also, encourage your employees to pass on the baton -- this will help in creating a healthy environment, where people aren’t forced to take up tasks, instead take inspiration from their peers and deliver positive results.

3. Make space for ideas

For successful collaboration at work, it’s important to find the right balance. This includes: Listening. Following. Building. Implementing. The key lies in clear and focussed communication. Encourage clarity and space where employees can share information. Trust is what will give ideas the space for growth and success.

4. Be open and clear

As HR, it’s important to create a work environment where people can voice their opinions openly. Generation millennials and almost everyone loves transparency -- it makes them feel like they belong to a team and an organisation that trusts them with information.

5. Share work online 

Use tools that encourage people to see each other’s work and make suggestions, wherever required. This will help the team members to understand what their peers or team members are working on. Further, tech tools will help team members to not only track their progress and follow-up on their expectations, but also track how others are growing. This will motivate them to work better.

Collaboration works on a simple concept of collective efforts. It’s the secret to maximising the team’s collective effectiveness -- a good team features a mix of characteristics that’ll help your company stay close to its bigger picture. 

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