"No man is an island", the seventeenth-century poet John Donne once remarked - and it’s a mantra that continues to hold importance well into the twenty-first century. Indeed, no man - or woman - is entirely self-sufficient, and the applicability of this belief shouldn’t be any looser in the workplace.
In short: when you bring workers together, magical things can happen. Those magical things can take effect straight away, such as in the following wondrous ways…
You can smooth communication between your workers
While phone and email are crucial and commonly-used communication channels in the corporate sphere, they can result in information becoming unhelpfully fragmented as it is sent. As a result, some of your workers could too easily miss small-but-crucial pieces of information.
These separate chunks of information could end up divided between inboxes rather than readily available to every person who must see those details. Ironically, then, multiple communication tools can actually lead to an information gap, as Small Business Trends explains.
You can capitalise on employees’ strengths
Once you do succeed in knocking down walls that have long hampered friction-free communication, you can anticipate employees better understanding how strengths differ throughout the team.
As a result, projects can be assigned to those workers with the skills to complete them especially well. Naturally, when workers take on jobs for which they are the right match in terms of skills, they will fare better and so achieve more - not only for themselves either, but also the wider company.
Routine working processes can be made more efficient
Disorganisation is the enemy of efficiency. However, disorganisation can too easily take root in an environment where employees are not working closely enough to know which of them is doing what. As a result, certain tasks can be duplicated or even entirely slip through the net.
This can ultimately necessitate staff re-doing or fixing work, thereby delaying the completion of projects and leaving customers dissatisfied. However, as collaboration improves, clarity about employees’ differing roles can improve with it.
You can grow the overall talent pool
Sometimes, recruiting or keeping the right talent can be simple in theory but less so in practice. For example, a promising candidate might be unwilling to relocate so that they can commute to your physical premises. Meanwhile, family responsibilities might hinder current workers’ performance.
However, with a collaboration tool like AddIn Work Hub, remote workers can seamlessly interact with your on-site workers even despite major discrepancies in location.
You can foster the sharing of great ideas
Another potential consequence of producing a collaborative environment is getting new ideas from sources which might have previously been left untapped, if not wholly overlooked.
This can be seen in collaborative office spaces, as Property Week points out. You could learn how to use established business tools more effectively; for example, AddIn Work Hub can make this possible for users of Microsoft’s well-regarded Office 365 productivity suite.
As more and more exciting ideas start to form, you can expect your team to begin firing on all cylinders.