Previously, we laid the foundation as to the essence of collaboration, now we will like for you to see the many benefits of collaborating because collaboration does not have to be a last resort.
- For the sake of Problem-Solving: Almost any organization can attest to the fact that challenges are a daily part of rendering services or selling products. In whatever area of organization, there is bound to be one problem or the other to be solved. Hence, the need for collaboration.
In collaborating, usually, a group of people will pool their knowledge, skills, and expertise, as they talk through problems whilst churning out potential solutions. The more eyes on a given project from the get-go, the easier it becomes to spot problems and proffer solutions. Collaboration ought to inform the way a team works.
Such brainstorming sessions keep teams aiming towards a set goal and remind each other that they are still in the process together working towards a common goal.
- Community Building and Participation: To choose to partake and participate in a given task is the first step towards making collaboration count. It shows initiative and amplifies relevant opinions throughout the workplace. Participation sets a tone that others pick up on which thereby encourages them to bring their unique value to the conversation.
If you’re finding that certain teams in your organization rarely interact with each other, that teams and departments are operating in isolation, you might want to try putting together a mixed-skills set team.
Essentially, collaboration can be used to break down certain barriers and walls present within your organization, and tighten up connections between departments. Everyone gets a feel and an understanding of how other departments work when they are in close proximity as it boils down to work.
- Learning, Sharing and Feedback: It’s no news that those with whom we work are different from us, even siblings vary from each other. Different habits, different backgrounds, different skill sets. Getting everyone working in unison on the same project is a challenge, but learning to leverage each other’s differences, herein lies the bulk of the work.
These differences are the very thing that makes us learn from our counterpart. We get to see that our way isn’t always or necessarily the only way. Here, compromise is reached so the final answer or an at least agreeable solution is derived at to further the prospects of the organization.
It is in this phase that we get to see that our differences are not as important as meeting the aim set for the project at hand. No matter the level of distinction with each individual, it is expected at the end to deliver a worthy deliverable. This in turn develops rapport and cultivates a strong working relationship.
One of the best things about working collaboratively with people who bring different skill sets and backgrounds to the table is learning from their experience. Collaborating with team members or even different teams should be thought of as a learning experience and not a competition wherein we outshine the other.
- Aids Communication and Interpersonal Skills: An organization is mostly made up of key number of people through whom communication should flow to reach certain decisions pertinent to the running of the organization.
With the advent of the social media and the wide spread of globalization, we find lots of multi-racial, multi-lingual persons coming in contact via mails, video calls etc and if care is not taken, the ability to understand each other owning to wide differences may debar organizations form meeting their set goals. Collaboration is such glue that keeps people together.
Collaboration at its root is a social activity. It is founded on generosity, sharing and openness. As such collaboration begins in organizational culture.
- Collaboration makes us more efficient workers
Now, what employer wouldn’t rejoice at this point? To be efficient is to be productive. To be productive is to meet targets even exceeding expectations and at due dates.
If then collaboration would make for more efficient workers, why wouldn’t organizations/ personnel employ this skill?
As earlier mentioned, working independently has its purpose, and if a task requires independence from team members, by all means, go for it! however, in collaboration, if duties are well-communicated and delegated, it is only probable that team members would be more productive. By dividing workload, encouraging communication and offering necessary help where needed, more is achieved even with minimal resources.