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Company Collaboration: 4 Business Tips to Improve Teamwork

Published on 31 July 17

At the core of every successful company is teamwork. If employees can’t collaborate effectively in the workplace or the office, the organization won’t be able to achieve either its short term or long term goals. Profits will disappear, and the company may find itself on the path to bankruptcy.

Fortunately, there are steps a business can take to help foster an environment more conductive to teamwork and effective collaboration among its employees. With this in mind, below are four different tips you can apply to your growing company to improve teamwork in the workplace.
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Have Clear Goals

To succeed, a team needs to have a mission to accomplish. This requires the outlining of clear goals for your employees to work towards. If they are unsure what the overall goal of their work is, they will be far less effective at achieving what you want as a team. For example, different team members may have different ideas on what the goal of a project is. This can negatively affect group cohesion and result in team members effectively working against each other on the same project.

Make sure to set clear goals for the teams within your company. A team needs to know have a clear idea of what their mission is as well as the expectations of management for their performance. Each member should know what specific outcome they are working towards so they can collaborate together successfully to achieve that shared goal.
Have Team Members Socializing Outside of the Office

Building a team means developing a strong rapport between team members. While that can be done in the office, coworkers may become even stronger comrades if they socialize outside the office as well. Try to organize some kind of social interaction between members of a team outside of company walls. This could be an organized team building exercise. It could even simply be employees hanging out together at a local restaurant.

Foster Open and Honest Communication

The lifeblood of successful teamwork is communication. Without it, the different members of a team won’t be able to work together at all. If you want to build strong teams within your business, you need to try to make open communication part of your company culture.

This means members of a team being able to be openly and honestly share their thoughts, opinions and ideas with different team members. If they feel strong pressure to not be honest or speak up, this could have very negative consequences for the entire project. Communication between the team and management should also be open and honest. While open communication is important, it should also be conducted in a respectful manner. Not doing so can create a toxic environment and negative relationships that hamper team teamwork.

Invest in Project Management Software

If you want your company’s teams to succeed, you need to provide them with the tools needed to make that success possible. These days, the tool that can best allow a team to move a project towards success is project management software.

This kind of software can allow you as a business owner to have a direct overview of a project in regards to things like organization, resource allocation, scheduling, budget management, cost control and more. Beyond that, agile project management software can allow team members to properly collaborate on a project through a digital work space as they move the project through each step of development and all the way to completion.

Overall, make team building a priority in your company. At the heart of every successful business project is a well-oiled team. If you don’t try to foster an environment conductive to teamwork and provide your employees with the tools they need to collaborate effectively, you are putting both the short term and long term success of your company at risk.
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