Understanding employee collaboration
When managing employees it is essential to understand the dynamics of the group environment. It’s also important to work out which of your staff work well together, and which are more effective alone.
Working this out, either by yourself or with the help of an HR professional can improve both productivity and staff satisfaction as redundant processes are eliminated.
The effect that productive collaboration has on employee output is reinforced by statistics provided by Yammer. Their researchers found out that approximately 38 per cent of staff time is spent repeating work done by others. Staying in contact and working with other colleagues can go a great way to cutting down on this waste.
So far it seems that businesses are already picking up on the importance of easy communication in the workplace. A 2012 report by McKinsey discovered that employees spend up to 28 hours a week communicating with each other.
This fact promotes the idea that employees are generally willing to collaborate in the workplace, they just need to be provided the means to do so. While email is a perfectly serviceable option, less formal mediums such as online chat programmes can encourage quick and easy exchanges for issues that don’t warrant an email.
Reinforcing a team environment is also useful for promoting collaboration in the workplace. Initiatives such as open plan office spaces and team desks allow for increased communication and teamwork, encouraging an increase in productivity and reducing wasted time.
This also helps with employee retention, with engaged staff more likely to stay with the company, eliminating the costly process of replacing team members.
With the help of HR software, these initiatives can be easily implemented and monitored. This can help to ensure communication methods are being used appropriately, in order to cut down on wasted time and improve productivity.