Many companies say they value team collaboration, but how many of them try to implement teamwork throughout the day? It can be difficult to know how much teamwork works, and whether or not a particular method is effective. For all those managers who have given up on trying to force productive collaboration, here are some ideas you can use to easily work teamwork into your week.
Whether you work for a sales company or a marketing firm, there is always strategy involved in a position. It could be as simple as finding a way to approach clients about a difficult subject, or it could be strategy about a creative project. Either way, scheduling a strategy session is a great way to share knowledge between your staff. This is particularly helpful if your team is spread around the office and doesn’t have time to work together often. The best part is a strategy session takes minimal setup; all I would suggest is setting a theme or topic and letting your staff go from there.
There are quite a few fields that require a company to take on huge projects, which often consist of more work than one person can handle. When you get these projects, it’s the perfect time to encourage close collaboration between your team members. If the components of the project are to be completed solo, you can suggest a weekly or bi-weekly meeting where each team member talks about their progress on the project. This can also be vital if one employee is the point-person for the client. Beyond that, you can also see if there are any strategic ways to pair employees who could learn something from one another. This works well if there is one large component that each member needs to collaborate on.
Mentors have become popular over the past few years, as people are recognizing the value of peer-to-peer knowledge. This provides a great opportunity to employers who are looking to give more responsibility to expert employees, while also giving newer employees someone to look up to. Mentorships shouldn’t happen while employees are in training or first on their own, but rather, once an employee seems to plateau. At this point, you should ask the best employees if they would like to be a mentor. Once you find a good match, set them up, provide a few places to start, and let the learning begin.
Not every company thrives on team collaboration, but it can be a useful change of pace anywhere. Collaborating provides a great way for employees to share knowledge, as well as come up with unique solutions to everyday problems. This week, think of a few ways you can implement collaboration into your workplace.