5 ways to encourage team collaboration

September 1, 2017

 

Teams and team culture have grown and changed considerably over the past couple of years. New technologies now help companies bring an even greater number of people onto a project, which allows them to tap into a wide body of knowledge and expertise. 

However, as more and more teams are working remotely, it is even more essential now to get the right team together to accomplish goals. That can be difficult enough, but it is made even more so by the fact that most workers just aren’t trained to collaborate. Without a more collaborative based team culture, it’s easy for cooperation to naturally decline among your team. 

So here are five ways that you can encourage Team Collaboration:

 

1. Get everyone on the same page 

The most important thing you can do to encourage team collaboration is to get your team to work together towards accomplishing the same goals. If everyone is distracted by working on their own projects, oftentimes this can lead to nothing getting done. As a member of a team, or as the team leader, it’s always good to sit your team down and seriously discuss both your company’s short and long term goals. From there you can delineate tasks and actively work towards meeting those goals.

2. Be Self-aware

As a Manager or Team Leader, putting the time and energy into better articulating your own abilities challenges you to accept what you do well and what you do poorly. Encouraging your team members to maintain that same level of honesty about their individual strengths and weaknesses can force them to ask for help when necessary- and encourage them to be just as bold when others need help.

3. Use tech tools

There are so many different applications just a web search away that can help your team work better together. TipHive allows your company to store, share and search all of its experience, information and know-how in secure Hives. It’s built to help your team collaborate even more by crowdsourcing best practices. However there are other great tools out there that also help your team work more efficiently. For example, Evernote is a note-taking app full of great features. You can take notes, clip web pages, store images, take audio notes, and then share them across devices and among coworkers. 

For other great apps that could help your team work better, check out our Business Apps Hive!


4. Set expectations

Everyone on the team needs to know what they have to do and when they have to do it by. Having a plan is key in order for your team to know how much work is expected of them and how much work they will have to put in. They should also know what part of the project they need to be working on and who they can count on for additional support and resources. As a Team Leader, your win is to connect the goals of your team to the overall goals of your company. 

It’s also important to align the individual expectations of your team members with the shared expectations of the team. Establish timelines with your team and be sure to encourage them to share progress updates so that everyone knows when things are accomplished so they can go on to focus on other aspects of the project. Reporting updates is important to showing steady improvement.


5. Never Stop Learning

Collaborating encourages your company to become a learning based organization, one with a culture of ongoing learning. Companies built on collaboration have structures in place to support ongoing learning, and allow for growth in all aspects of employees' lives. Each time your team collaborates with others you optimize the capacity of your Team to push themselves beyond their comfort zones, encourage individual growth, and expand the boundaries of your company.

For further readings on how to build and lead your team, check out our Business Blogs Hive.

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