Collaboration is a word that we all heard as freshmen in college. You know, being in those common rooms or classes and being told that if we all work together, we can change the world. However silly of a concept it may have seemed, one of the biggest factors that contributes to our success at BatesMeron is whether or not we’re able to perform together as a team.
Collaboration is said to take place when two individuals or a group of people work together towards achieving a common goal by sharing their ideas and skills. Working in teams enables us to be quicker and more effective with our work, when compared to people who work on projects solely by themselves. Collaborating also makes us more responsible, which helps raise motivation levels, especially when team members have to work remotely.
Collaboration challenges people to think about, articulate and reflect on their capabilities. It serves as a mirror that gives us a glimpse of our strengths and weaknesses. I’m sure you have heard the old phrase “two heads are better than one.” Teams work better together and fill each other’s gaps.
When knowledge and a variety of skills come together, it creates a talent pool that is more competent and experienced. If one person is stuck, others in the group can step up and work on finding a solution.
Like snowflakes, no two people are the same. You need to balance different personalities and styles, as well identify how they can complement each other when working in teams. Even if the project does not turn out the way you wanted it to in the end, the collaboration could still be a success for further projects.
When teams collaborate, they are essentially learning new things from each other. Your company becomes a place that encourages a culture of continuous learning and supports that learning through opportunities for growth and development. Whenever team members collaborate, it enhances their ability to step out of their comfort zones and take your business to new heights.
Progressive companies are increasingly realizing the value of collaboration and looking for ways to incorporate it within their teams. So, if you want to see your business grow and help your team’s creativity to flourish, it’s time you encourage a collaborative spirit among them. Hopefully after reading this, if you weren’t a believer in collaboration before, you’ve walked away with some nuggets of information that prove otherwise.
What experiences have you had with the benefits of collaboration? Drop us a line or let us know in the comments.