According to COO and Scrum product owner Sebastien Boyer, one of the primary factors that contribute to the productivity and success of any organization is whether or not the organization can perform well as a team. Collaboration takes place when two or more individuals work together toward achieving a common goal. In order for a group to successfully be collaborative, there must be a certain level of accountability from each member of the group. This would include being aware of the shared purpose, reciprocity in participation between teammates, proactively being engaged, and the willingness to negotiate a common ground.
With increasing competition, it has become extremely important to encourage creativity in the office, in order to improve productivity and promote healthy employee relationships. If a group is to truly be collaborative on a project, each member must bring their unique perspective to the table. The group will in turn be able to produce a higher quality of work in a shorter time frame than an individual could by working alone. Working in teams enables employees to be quicker and more effective in their work, as compared to people who work on projects on their own.
Why collaborate? Because collaboration…
- pulls together talents and strengths of team members
- develops employee skills
- speeds up solutions
- increases efficiency
- enhances employee retention and job satisfaction
Effective collaboration also brings team members together to work towards the achievement of a common goal by thinking, brainstorming, and offering various perspectives. When collaborating, every team member has an opportunity to participate and communicate their ideas which can save time and reduce errors. An organization that collaborates well can expect to have employees that are more responsible, cohesive and productive – which goes a long way in raising the level of motivation and morale for all involved, even for teams that work virtually.