As Andrew Carnegie once said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.” This is perhaps never more important than in the workplace, where you throw a group of unrelated individuals together and expect them to easily communicate and work together. How do you foster better collaboration?
3 Ways to Improve Office Collaboration
1) Establish a Culture of Teamwork
If you want your employees to work together and collaborate, you need to establish a corporate culture that emphasizes teamwork. And it all starts with you. According to the University of Oregon’s Holden Leadership Center, businesses should strive for open communication between employees and management. This open relationship between employees and management helps sets the tone for better communication amongst employees.
Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%, according to “18 Statistics About Company Culture You Can’t Afford To Ignore.”
2) Reward Collaboration
It is not always enough to emphasize teamwork and collaboration; it also helps to reward such things. If you notice results from good collaboration between employees, send out an email recognizing their achievements. Let it be known that you value teamwork. When you do this, it helps reinforce that good behavior in your employees.
According to Bob Nelson, author of “1001 Ways to Recognize Employees,” the top two drivers of employee performance are:
- “I am able to make a difference at work.”
- “I have been recognized recently for what I do.”
3) Stir the Pot
It is important to encourage all of your employees to collaborate, not just the ones that are comfortable with one another. So, it is up to you, as the manager or employer, to stir the pot a little. Mix up the teams at work and encourage collaboration amongst employees that do not typically interact.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
– Neale Donald Walsch
One way to shake things up a bit is via team building. Presented in a fun and creative way, team building exercises help break down communication barriers and encourage collaboration amongst your employees – ALL of your employees.
Team Building with Terrapin Adventures
Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington DC, Terrapin Adventures is able to create a customized program (onsite or offsite, indoor or outdoor) that help your staff work efficiently and cohesively as a productive unit. Our custom programs provide for exciting activities that bridge the gaps in communication, improve collaboration, and expand your group’s problem solving skills.
If you have any questions about Planning a Corporate Retreat, please call Terrapin Adventures at 301.725.1313, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. We are open Friday through Sunday for recreational guests and every day for groups.