Last week we shared 7 REASONS EVERY MANAGER SHOULD PUSH FOR TEAM COLLABORATION AT WORKPLACE, today will further more on tip on how to improve team collaboration.
So, how are you connecting with your team? Is it difficult to connect with your team? It is not that challenging to bring workplace collaboration and to make sure that everyone gets the latest updates. Here are a few tips for stronger team collaboration:
1. EVALUATE WHY IT ISN'T WORKING
Figure out the problem first. Find out why is your current collaboration strategy failing. Is it about trust, chemistry, competitiveness or something else—just evaluate the current situation and build a strategy for the future accordingly. If you don’t have a clue about where to start, here’s what you can do: survey team members and ask them for their opinions and perceptions. After that, step back and observe the team in action as their leader, come to your own conclusion, and craft your strategy.
2. AGGREGATE AND ADAPT
A collaborative project manager will bring ideas to the table by collecting ideas, suggestions, and goals of their teams. This helps project managers to aggregate skill sets of the whole team. A collaboration will bring successful results by remaining adaptive and flexible.
3. LISTEN FIRST
When working in a team different ideas needs to collaborate into workable solutions and that depends on effective collaboration. Finding the root of any new suggestion will require attentive listening to everyone before coming to an outcome. The active collaboration includes providing feedback to have a discussion in real time. It also involves quick respond to team members who want to be heard and valued.
4. USE TO-DO APPS LIKE PROOFHUB :
Working and solving an exercise in collaboration with others can be done in a better way with the help of a project management tools like ProofHub. A team collaboration tool will provide you so many options for everyone to do manage tasks their own way.
5. BE TRANSPARENT
The most effective collaborators are not much worried about the titles and roles. They are more focused on finding the solutions regardless of who is finding it. Also, the effective collaborators share information across the board that increases a sense of workplace community.
An energized, motivated team is the strongest asset of a project. An effective collaborator teams will make sure that everyone works smart and hard. It will bring energy into a conversation by helping team members feel valued. The teams should be always appreciated for a job well done. Team collaboration will also talk about issues that will bring team motivations about what need’s to be done.
7. TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES
Teams can collaborate in a better way if they are involved in team building activities. Team building activities will bring positive impact on office culture as it will improve communication, motivation employees, increase productivity
and help employees to get to know each other better.
8. GIVE CREDIT WHERE NEEDED
Another key trait of effective collaboration in the workplace is constant recognition and appreciation. And we’re not just talking about annual appraisals or weekly performance emails. As a manager or someone with authority, you can make appreciation an integral part of your team’s everyday interaction. If someone is doing a good job or if someone has delivered their assigned task before the desired due date, just recognize and appreciate them and their work via team meetings and group discussions.
9. KEEP AN OPEN MIND
Keeping an open mind is not just about encouraging everyone in the team to come up with innovative ideas. There’s something more important—listening to other’s ideas. Create a collaborative work environment where employees keep an open mind about sharing and listening to each other’s ideas, suggestions, criticisms, and concerns. This, in turn, will ensure quicker problem-solving, better teamwork, enhanced trust, and most importantly greater team productivity.
10. REVITALIZE AND INFUSE INSPIRATION FROM TIME TO TIME
Most managers make the mistake of believing that their staff is working optimally. To be an effective and collaborative manager, it is important that you ensure to infuse inspiration and vigor into the workspace and your team from time to time. Also, when it comes to offering criticism, do it in a kind way—try to critique the mistakes rather than the employee. Of course, there will be issues (big and small) that will need to be addressed, but all of that can be done in a way that encourages and motivates the team, not the opposite.
Growing companies need to understand the value of collaboration to look for ways to encourage it within their teams. Bring a collaborative spirit among your teams and turn your workforce productive.