Employee Engagement – Collaboration
Numero très, congratulations on making it this far! You’re well on the way to learning how to get your Employee Engagement in line. Of course, the easy way would be to reach out to us here, and let us do it for you… But that’s by the by.
If you haven’t already read through Categories 1 & 2, check them out here! You’ll need them to get the whole picture.
But for all of you up-to-date boffins out there, let’s talk about Category number 3 – Collaboration. I mean, that’s why you’ve clicked on this article after all.
So we’re at work for, on average, around a third of our lives (yikes). And as a result, probably spending far more time with colleagues than with actual family members. It’d be fair to say that getting on with your fellow workers would probably make your life a bit easier, right?
Are your employees getting on with each other? Do they respect and trust one another? Do they look forward to spending time together in and out of work? These are questions you should know the answer to.
A social workplace environment can increase performance by up to 35%. It can increase morale, which can improve productivity, which in turn can benefit loyalty. You get the picture, it’s pretty important.
So let’s delve a bit deeper into Collaboration with, you’ve guessed it, our 4 pillars! *Audience cheers*.
Pillar 1 – Social
I’m sure you’ve heard the term “We don’t have to like each other, we just have to work together” somewhere before. Hopefully you haven’t been on the receiving end of it mind…
And whilst it’s largely true, the benefits of actually getting on with your team, and actually wanting to spend time with them, really can’t be understated.
Having friends at work can increase job satisfaction and trust. It can reduce stress and feelings of self-doubt. It can even reduce the likelihood of a heart attack by up to 50%. So yes, whilst your employees don’t have to like each other to be able to work together, the benefits of forming more connected teams shouldn’t be ignored.
Pillar 2 – Team Respect
There’s a reason some people prefer to work solo, group projects can be really tricky. You’ll often have that one team member who you just know will contribute nothing more than a read receipt. It’s pretty frustrating if you’ve been in that position.
This is why it’s important to form teams with the right attitudes to work. Teammates who will put the effort in, and help out with problems if needed.
Employees who respect one another, and trust each other to do their jobs correctly, will experience more open communication, increase their knowledge, reduce stress (you might be seeing a theme here), and more.
Pillar 3 – Inter-Department
Interestingly, various surveys have found that up to two thirds of respondents don’t think their company collaborates between departments enough. And you may well think, why do they need to? Who cares if sales don’t know what’s going on with tech support?
Frankly, I can see why you’d think that. Surely a sales team doesn’t need to know how many support tickets are being resolved?
The thing is, whilst it probably won’t have a direct correlation to the performance of both teams, what this kind of collaboration does is provide a sense of unity throughout the company. It allows different departments to get to know each other, and opens up communication channels that otherwise might not be available. Ultimately it makes the workplace more enjoyable, which reduces what? Say it with me… Stress! Amongst a variety of other positive changes of course.
Pillar 4 – Integrity
This pillar runs a little deeper than believing your colleagues will perform their jobs well. It’s about the actual ethos of the team, and the underlying character that each member has.
Not every work day is easy, and it helps a great deal when you’ve got a support network of colleagues around you. Believing your colleagues will be there if you need to talk to someone, or would have your back if you needed, is incredibly powerful.
Our friends at Gallup found that 23% of full time employees felt burnt out very often, or always. The emotional support network that a functioning team provides can help deter this. Sharing is caring after all.
Do your teams behave how you think a team should?
And that rounds up our brief overview of what Collaboration is to us. You’re over half way through our categories, way to go champ! Two more to go.
As always I hope that this has provided a few focal points for you to reflect on. But if you need a little help in identifying specific areas to improve, we’re happy to collaborate with you, and help amplify your employee engagement.
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