Collaboration Is Key in the Workplace, so Embrace It

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If you want to run a successful, profitable business then you must induce a feeling of collaboration in your workplace and between your staff. So, what are you waiting for, induce and embrace collaboration in your business, now! For advice on how best to do so, make sure to read on.

First of all, focus on the workspace layout

In your workplace, there will be a workspace. And this workspace can be used to your advantage as you seek to embrace collaboration in your business.

To forge a feeling of collaboration in your workplace, first of all make sure flexibility is always optional. Make sure that the seating arrangement is not rigid and that your employees are able or are even asked to move about the workspace and interact with far more people than just the person they work next to or the people in their particular team. This means buying big tables for chairs to fit around and, most importantly, this means giving your employees free reign to sit where they like, when they like. Oh, and it might be a good idea to buy a coffee machine, too, because all good brainstorming sessions seem to happen around them!

Embrace collaborative tech

If you really want to embrace collaboration in your business, then embracing collaborative tech is something you must be doing.

First of all, you should be embracing what is deemed as being the ‘future’ of collaboration in the workplace, the cloud template. You should be embracing this tech as it will allow all of those that use it in your business, from you to your employees, to create and communicate freely together, even when they are nowhere near each other physically. And, if you want to take the essence of this even further, then you should also be embracing all the tools Google now offers, such as Docs and Spreadsheets, and using them in replacement of far older and out-dated programs, such as Word and Excel respectively. You should be doing so because, again, these programs allow for real-time collaboration to take place between employees even when they are not sat with one another.

Another kind of collaborative tech that you should be embracing is that that makes communication as easy as it ever has been, video conferencing technology. When you embrace such tech you will give your business the chance to keep tis finger placed firmly on the pulse of all the happening in the business world, such as in important meetings and talks, without having to leave the office at all.

Now more than ever, collaboration is the key to success in the world of business. It does so because, quite rightly, the world of business is getting harder to circumvent, which means different people with their different sets of skills are needed for a business to do so. And, when all of these people and their skills are working collaboratively, nothing can stop them.

About the author /

Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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