In an ever-collaborating world, the need for teamwork in the workplace has become a necessity.
Companies from various industries all agree that team collaboration is the key to achieving goals that are often difficult to obtain. Communication is a crucial part of the collaboration that was, at one point, overlooked in the workplace.
Apparel giant Patagonia once “relied primarily on email and traditional phones and occasionally used a third-party video-conferencing tool located in select conference rooms, but use was not widespread.”
With the rise of technology, communication has become more efficient, and the flow of information has become essentially instant in comparison to the past. The time in which managers and employees spend working with one another has increased by at least 50 percent, according to the Harvard Business Review, and up to 80 percent of workers’ time is spent on collaborative activities like phone calls or emails. Also, according to research done by Ernst & Young, “a work environment that doesn’t encourage teamwork is one of the top five reasons people quit their jobs.”
Aside from communication and information exchange between co-workers, another prominent roadblock many companies face is the misinterpretation and lack of understanding within communication between two parties. Although technology has made conversing with one another a relatively easy task, there is the possibility that the information transmitted may be misinterpreted. By not being on the same page, companies face countless issues that eventually become the source of their downfall.
Therefore, it is crucial for companies to thrive off of each other and work diligently to improve their organizational, technical, and problem-solving skills. The lack of team collaboration causes a lack of trust, attendance, and clarity about roles in the workplace. Companies resolve this issue by offering various means of communication like Yammer, Skype, and other video-prominent tools.
An engaging workplace that promotes collaboration will create an enlightened group of workers who strive to achieve success in the workplace. With today’s fast-paced world, companies need the necessary resources to thrive and ensure a positive experience for its workers in the long term.
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