Secrets of teamwork and collaboration

Secrets of teamwork and collaboration

There are some secrets of Teamwork and collaboration that we will help you understand in depth. Collaboration means bringing people together from various organizations, teams, departments, places, etc., and then concentrating everyone’s efforts on a common goal.

To instill an excellent collaborative environment at your workplace, one needs to predict how collaboration might scatter into individual pieces and prevent it from happening at workplaces often.

Suppose each employee is allowed freely to suggest his/her ideas or give solutions for any workplace issues in the meeting, and every employee is valued. In that case, these are the signs of an excellent collaborative environment at a workplace.

If the employees feel valued at the workplace, they will give constructive ideas and put in the best effort and skills while working on their company. Thus, they will give their best performance when their organizational skills, open-mindedness, adaptability, etc., are sharpened.

They will perform well and reach their goals for their work or help accomplish the company goals.  

Skills/secrets of teamwork and collaboration, and how to foster them in your life

Open-mindedness

Everyone should be open-minded in this world. And, being open-minded is very important at the workplace and in every situation of life also. One of the essential factors of good collaboration is being open-minded.

Open-mindedness would prove to be a good asset in your life. While at the workplace, if a group discussion is going on with your team, you as a team member should be open to new ideas and suggestions. Because many people would be sitting together around one table, and, as you know very well, it is a fact that each person of this world has different opinions, viewpoints, and thought processes.

Open-mindedness for teamwork and collaboration

So, while being in a group discussion, everyone will give another suggestion and other solution to a problem. It depends on you to accept or reject the opinion. It does not matter whether you are a leader/manager of the organization or an employee. It would be best to practice open-mindedness at work, regardless of your position or hierarchy level or job post in your workplace.

If a teammate does not want to be open-minded, then during the group discussion, he tries to disagree with the other person’s viewpoint. Conflicts may arise, and no standard solution might be reached for an issue or a work situation. Suppose a team leader/ manager/ the top boss of your company disagrees with any modern or new or different viewpoint of a sub-ordinate.

In that case, he/she will disagree to accept that new opinion and stick to the old standard and traditional work practices. Then, this will not help in the progress of the company. The company will not get good results.

That is, workplace productivity will decrease as employee productivity will decrease. This may also occur because of not giving due importance to an employee’s viewpoint or suggestion, and they will, in turn, feel unvalued/ unwanted in the organization.

Then the employees may not work correctly for the organization and may leave the job. This is not good for the company’s growth and success if good employees leave the employment. Open-mindedness is one of the fundamental building blocks of teamwork and collaboration. And, managers should find methods of instilling open-mindedness in all of the employees.

Suppose all the employees and the managers also themselves practice open-mindedness. In that case, the work productivity of the organization will be higher. Thus everyone in the workplace will together strive to achieve the company’s goals, and therefore their own job goals also would be accomplished.

Adaptability

Always try to adapt to new situations. Don’t get anxious/ nervous about entering a unique situation in your life. Don’t freak out either, thinking about the possible outcomes. This will not help in any situation of life. So, the only solution for any new problem is to adapt to the situation/circumstance. By practicing adaptability, you will be at ease with the unique situation, and you can focus on your work.

Adaptibility

For example, if you have joined a new company, you will need to adapt to your new company environment and your colleagues. Try to mix up with them and the team members of your assigned team. Adaptability will help you a lot to achieve success in work by doing teamwork and collaboration. It is an essential collaboration and teamwork skill. Projects including cooperation don’t go as per decided according to schedule because of various factors, such as :

  • Work priorities change
  • Various hurdles on the path of your work delay the work or growth of your company.
  • Separate the whole project in complete disarray, etc.

Such reasons may lead us to leave the work behind and shift to another position. And this is not good for the employee or the organization, or the leaders if any work is left uncompleted.

So, this should not be an option while working for a company. To persevere, employees need to retain working in an organization by accepting adaptability. So, this factor of adaptability is significant in teamwork and collaboration.

With gradual practice and experience, a person also learns adaptability properly and puts it in place whenever required and in the right moment, the right situation, and at the right time. Did any problem at work from the company side/ from the client-side/ from any of your colleagues or leader side disrupt your job’s progress?

In such situations, it is necessary to keep calm and move forward with your work without being disturbed for a long time and without wasting your essential time to work. So, motivate people, whether they are your colleagues/subordinates, to learn and adapt the practice and good quality of adaptability.

By practicing adaptability, you will become a good collaborator and good team worker, which will be of immense benefit both for you and for your organization. By adapting to new situations, you will be surely able to brainstorm well and find suitable solutions to your workplace or your work.

Or, you may also be able to provide answers to your teammates or colleagues, or subordinates in their professional life problems, or you may also be able to offer solutions in meetings and other group discussions of your company in which you are working. Right? So, move on and practice this unique skill to be a good team worker or collaborator. This trait of adaptability is a secret feature for doing good teamwork and collaboration.

Organization

Collaboration and teamwork won’t be successful if people are not organized well in their workplace work. The employees of an organization need to be collected at their workplace, which means they should be very punctual to the office, and they should be completing their work in a well structured, .i.e. well-organized manner.

They should not keep or do the job in an unexpected or disorganized way. They should maintain themselves as organized employees. They should behave politely with everyone at the office, whether their colleague or the manager or team leader or a subordinate. Thus, workplace organization is very important. The organization is an essential skill of maintaining good teamwork and collaboration.

If leaders try and become successful in making employees better organized, only the employees will learn cooperation and teamwork. If employees remain organized daily, they will be able to make themselves good collaborators and good team workers.

Suppose the employees are required to associate and work together on their respective project duties. In that case, they will learn as quickly as possible about the skills of teamwork and collaboration. Before that, they will be able to learn how to manage or organize their time and delegate the workload.

Communication

Good communication skill is a pre-requisite for achieving successful collaboration and good teamwork. Employees at every office need to communicate well with their colleagues or team leaders, or subordinates and express themselves freely to each other.

The communication of everyone is unique and different from others. Many people feel very comfortable speaking in groups, but many other people are also there who don’t feel comfortable or feel nervous while speaking in group discussions.

Communication for Teamwork and collaboration

For implementing clear communication, employees need to practice adaptability, and they should also be open-minded while talking to others in the workplace, as discussed above.

Thus, if you adapt to new situations as soon as possible, you will be able to have excellent and open communication in a new workplace or with your company’s new employees. You can also have good contact with the present employees who are already there.

Kip Kelly explained: “Effective communication requires an appreciable level of self-awareness. Employees must understand their preferences for how they approach a collaborative situation’.  

  • Communicate with people so that they would feel comfortable communicating with because some people are timid while initially making conversation with a new person. So, take care of that, give them some time to be free and open with you, and communicate with you.
  • Try to create a common platform through which every employee will be able to discuss freely. It may be an intranet platform or any other software or method to collaborate with all the employees of all teams working in your organization. It is a marvellous way to initiate and continue the collaboration. So practice clear and good communication with everyone at your workplace.
  • Everyone in this world is not a good communicator. If a particular person cannot communicate correctly, you may not clearly understand what the person wants to say. Try to understand that person. Spend time with him/her and chat with him/her for more time. Then, gradually you will be able to understand his/her style of talking.
    Could you not make fun of them? Instead, please encourage them to speak and communicate well in meetings and group discussions. Gradually, you will make their communication skills better after they become comfortable with you. Encouraging an excellent collaborative atmosphere will allow every type of communicators and communication to be there.
    So, by doing this, the more extroverts or over-smart people will not steal the show. Others should also try their best to communicate well up to their full potential. Thus, a good communication environment will lead to successful collaboration and teamwork for a company’s employees, team members, or between leaders and subordinates.

CONCLUSION

For being a good collaborator, you need to practice the skills mentioned above and put them to work. Along with those, you also are required to tactfully deal with people and efficiently discuss ideas with your co-workers.

And the managers need to create a collaborative atmosphere that is friendly as well. This does not mean that always group discussions would be there by meeting face-to-face. Efforts for establishing proper communication and an excellent communicative and collaborative environment can be made through video calls or chat processes of the office teams. Work done together with a group would be done more quickly and more effortlessly than the same work.

‘If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea’.

– Antoine de Saint – Exupery.

Employees should take risks together and solve the issues together if any arises. This is a better tactic than taking risks individually and trying to solve the problems, if any, on their own.

Leaders should allow everyone in a team to speak equally. They shouldn’t do bias, by preferring the better communicators or extroverts to talk only. They should also let the introverts speak in a group discussion.

Good leaders protect and maintain a collaborative work environment.

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