Collaboration can be a way to innovate and promote positive change. It can also boost productivity and efficiency. When this happens, we improve our work relationships because we build a higher level of trust within our teams. At Optimus Steel we want to create the type of environment where collaboration leads to success, which leads to higher performing teams and this positive cycle can repeat itself for continuous achievements.
Communication is a value
Communication is an essential tool in work teams, but we must also learn to understand it as a value. Communication and collaboration must be promoted and information must be shared in order to foster improved relationships, so that we can all better understand work processes and projects.
Being clear is essential, and for this we must learn to listen. We suggest you read our other blog article in which you will learn more about the advantages of active listening.
Focus on your mission … and others
Everyone on the team must take care to fulfill their functions and achieve their goals. However, to the extent that you can be mindful of your tasks as well as those of others, and in areas outside of yours, you will be more effective for the wider enterprise.
Thinking in terms of common goals is more useful than thinking only of your personal or department goals, because you may fail to take into account how these may or may not affect other areas.
All team members must be aware of common goals and understand that there should not be destructive inside competition, but rather an environment of building together.
Encourage openness and trust
Trust and collaboration go hand in hand: it is important that we all feel taken into account, listened to, and immersed in an environment where innovation, participation and joint efforts are welcome.
There may be differences, it is not about everyone agreeing all the time, but rather about one being able to communicate differences in a calm, sincere way, and without anyone feeling affected or offended in their work.