Today’s business environment emphasizes flexibility. To meet the demands of both customers and employees, organizations must constantly adapt and restructure themselves, creating new departments and teams while phasing out old ones that no longer suit company goals.
New groups and teams can have a destabilizing effect on employees, making it hard for them to work together. As research from the Harvard Business Review revealed, the traits that make individuals successful hinder progress when these people work together. Without the proper support, these employees are less likely to adapt to new workloads as a team, help each other out or share information and resources.
Yet, working together is essential for new company structures to succeed. Thankfully, there are ways you and other leaders within your business can promote collaboration. The first and most beneficial way is to make teamwork a priority among your executive leaders and, by extension, your company as a whole. As The Harvard Business Review noted, teams take cues from your company’s leaders. Executives should create objectives and key results that focus on collaboration across all levels of your organization. This way, your employees don’t see teamwork as a chore. Instead, they begin to think of it as a pathway to success for all involved.
Employees Out of the Office
What about employees who telecommute? It’s easy to envision a group of people in one conference room working together and sharing ideas, but it’s a little harder to imagine a group of people across the country doing the same. It’ll take a bit of work, but according to Business.com, the method is mostly the same. You have to make collaboration a part of your company’s culture by encouraging your employees across teams to set cross-functional goals. These goals will be unique depending on your organization’s telecommuting policy and methods.
Luckily, there are various applications to help your employees remain connected with each other, including solutions for video conferencing and accessing important documents via the cloud. In addition, goal setting software that lets everyone in the company view each other’s objectives allows your telecommuting employees to see where their goals align with those of their peers and the company as a whole.
Businesses need the ability to change at a moment’s notice in order to remain competitive today. While your employees might not work well in their new teams right off the bat, your business can encourage them by making collaboration a part of your goals.