This week, Jewel Celestine shares best practices for encouraging teams to work together in a fast-paced environment. Jewel is the Employee Success Business Partner at Achievers, where she develops and implements strategic HR initiatives pertaining to employee engagement and performance management.
I work on a quickly-growing team with several different divisions that all depend on each other for our success. However, as we continue to grow at such a fast pace, my coworkers are more and more likely to work in silos, instead of working together. I know we could have better results if everyone just worked together, but I can’t seem to motivate them to make it happen. How do I get them to collaborate without forcing them into a conference room?
Here are some best practices for encouraging collaboration in your workplace:
- Have transparency in decision making and encourage everyone’s input and feedback
- Align their respective team goals
- Highlight the benefits of collaborating to each team member by emphasizing what’s in it for each department
- Map out interdependent processes and streamlining process/eliminating redundancies/repetition
- Reward and publicly recognize accomplishment of team goals
- Hold teambuilding initiatives so they view themselves as an interdependent team
- Encourage open spaces/open office environment and open communication, and provide dedicated collaboration workspaces
- Have shared forums for communication and sharing knowledge & information, like Chatter
- Encourage regular cross-departmental team meetings for brainstorming and to resolve issues
Collaboration is key as your company continues to grow – make sure you’re keeping teamwork top of mind, and you will reap the benefits in business results!