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Collaboration matters, so make it central to your business
By: Larry Alton
Mar. 15, 2017 04:09 PM
Fertile ideas that germinate out of internal collaboration are what will set your company ahead of the competition.
The era of the open-plan office is over, but that doesn’t mean collaboration should go by the wayside at your firm. Rather, all professionals need to develop new ways to make our workplace conducive to teamwork, through both the physical and technological structures.
Where should your office start? Whether you’re building a space from the ground up or adapting your current office layout, here are five ideas you can put to work in your business.
Rather than force your employees to hold every conversation face to face while distracting their colleagues, try implementing office-oriented messaging software. Chat-style messengers enable communication between two or more people in the office without all the oral distraction. That’s a win for everyone.
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Feed the Team
Organize your workspace so that food is always available nearby, to encourage employees to linger in kitchens and other shared spaces. Though not every interaction will lead to a revolutionary idea, moments of unplanned exchange and engagement between people who might not otherwise collaborate can occasionally result in unexpected insights. If nothing else, it will surely boost morale.
Set the Stage
You might also consider launching an in-house blog or newsletter where team members may share new developments and ideas, and seek casual feedback.
Lead the Way
Fertile ideas that germinate out of internal collaboration are what will set your company ahead of the competition. But in order to develop teamwork, you need an environment that’s amenable to interaction and innovation without being disruptive.
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