If there’s a single concept that modern businesses are being built around, that concept would have to be collaboration. Group effort and communication are increasingly central to the workflows of today - but there is more to collaboration than just these features. Here, we’ll review what the term collaboration really means, and how it can be leveraged in all its forms.
What Is Collaboration, Really?
Many people in the workplace misuse the term “collaboration,” assuming that it is more or less synonymous with “communication.” In actuality, while these two terms are related to a point, they are more different than many might think. In its most basic form, collaboration is simply the act of a few people working as a team toward a singular outcome.
This is where a lot of the confusion between communication and collaboration comes into play. While communication is directly related to collaboration, it serves more as a tool to enable effective collaboration habits than it does a synonym for these habits.
There are also a few different levels of collaboration that a business can leverage:
Why is Collaboration So Important?
A business that actively supports collaborative behaviors in a way that enables them to be exercised could be blessed with improvements in many considerations. For instance, the classic analogy that “two heads are better than one,” colorfully describes the use of collaboration as a source of greater success and satisfaction in accomplishing a given task. However, there is no understating how much easier it is to be productive with modern collaborative tools, like a business-specific intranet or the Internet itself.
So collaboration can deliver you and your team with better work, done faster, with more opportunities to keep your team engaged.
Interested in learning more about how collaboration could apply to your business’ processes? Reach out to Out of the Box Solutions at 800-750-4OBS (4627).