Importance of Collaboration in Business
Work becomes lighter when many hands are involved. Success is multiplied by teamwork when various tasks are divided. Therefore, teamwork and collaboration in business can make or break a business. Even as our education and career paths continue to steer in the specialization direction, it is important to rely on each other’s knowledge for purposes of filling our information gaps. Collaboration at the place of work is very important in empowering the organization. Working as a team proves that everybody possess the potential of making a real change for the business. This is because the knowledge and opinions are useful in shaping the business. If there is a system of collaboration in the organization, the power of accessing information is quite easy. Customers become happy and in return more business is secured.
Collaboration enables employees initially choose the subjects that can be done in order to demonstrate collaborative success as well as in building confidence. The employees will therefore use the available resources and time to accomplish their goals. Early success will give the employees a sense of legitimacy as well as motivate them. Cooperation will enable the group to obtain the necessary resources that are useful in doing the work. From the beginning, the process is owned by the group and not the leader. Before arriving at a decision, all the opinions of the team members are taken into account.
In order to experience effectiveness, the team implements collaboration and teamwork by;
- Arriving at decisions only after adequate discussion is made
- Assisting in devising suitable action plans
- Ensuring that people honor and take responsibility in the implementation of action plans in a competent and timely way
- Holding people accountable to their responsibilities and implementation
- Making adjustments, evaluation and also reevaluating implementation and plans depending on results
The organizational knowledge is like a puzzle that is unassembled. Each employee is an expert in different business areas with each type of knowledge being similar to a single piece of puzzle. Without the input of others the puzzle will always remain incomplete. This therefore leaves ideas that are disjointed. If you have an employee or co-worker who hoards company information, he will be draining the business resources. Suppose the employee left the company, who would be privy to the information they have gone with? The information that they were not encouraged to share with fellow colleagues. It is therefore necessary to infuse the need and respect for collaboration in your corporate culture. Celebrate and expect teamwork and encourage all employees to rely on one another by sharing their valuable knowledge. Success can only be realized when everybody achieves the common goal.
It is not the job of the leader to decide and to tell the group what to do. Instead, it is upon the group to consider the problem, think of what to do and count on the leader in assisting them focus their effort. This will be useful in making decisions as well as solving problems.
The leader should not start with his goals and direct his followers towards that direction. The collaborative leadership style means that the decision making process has no set end point when it starts and that it is truly collaborative, the result is usually worked out by all participants. Collaborative leadership’s role is used in helping the process of the collaborative work as opposed to lead the involved people towards a certain objective.
Collaborative leadership greatly encourages employees to own the business. When everyone is involved in making decisions and solving problems, everyone owns what he does rather than feeling imposed into doing it. Therefore, employees build commitment to the business common objective due to the sense of ownership.Since the employees took part in developing the action plan of the business, they will most likely take responsibility for implementing it.
Collaboration encourages people to dialog, open discussion and to build trust among those involved in the business. Issues will then be addressed through the establishment of mutual trust in one another and also by addressing one another’s concerns.The employees will then have a common ground to work together.
Managers will be able to ensure that the goal of the organization is attained when there is minimal conflict among the employees through effective collaboration.