The success of a business relies on more than just each individual employee. It relies on how well those employees work together as a team. It’s often their collaboration together that propels your organization to new heights.
But teams don’t work well together without some effort. When you support your team, you can boost their collaboration and reap the benefits of a more cohesive environment.
Use Power BI Workspaces
If you want to boost collaboration among your employees, you have to give them a platform where they can interact with each other.
That’s especially important in today’s world where employees are working remotely at least some of the time.
Navigating Power BI workspaces for collaboration is easy because they include separate areas for individual workspaces as well as shared workspaces.
They enhance collaboration by enabling users to collaborate on reports, dashboards, data sets, and more in real-time.
It’s like having a conversation, but it takes place digitally. Because it allows conversations to unfold naturally, employees will find it easier to collaborate, and when it’s easier to collaborate, they’re more likely to do it more often.
Iron Out Communication Expectations
Collaborating requires good communication, but communicating isn’t always easy.
Whether it’s being included in a useless email chain or it’s messages that fall through the cracks, not ironing out your expectations for communication can lead to feelings of frustration that make collaborating difficult.
There are a few things you can do to make communicating a little easier:
- Build your communication skills by practicing active listening and embracing and encouraging feedback
- Facilitate one-on-one as well as group communications
- Schedule appropriate meetings that ensure everyone on the team is on the same page
One of the most important things to do is make sure everyone knows what platform to use for communications. That means having a single platform where everyone sends messages.
If you have multiple platforms, make sure everyone knows what messages go where.
For example, project messages may take place through email while feedback information is entered into a performance management platform.
Delegate Tasks to Team Members
In order for a team to work well together, they have to know what everyone’s job is. No matter what the question, concern, or idea, everyone should know exactly who to talk to.
That means taking the time to delegate tasks to employees so they know exactly what they are responsible for.
Then, you can share who has which tasks with the team so everyone knows who to go to for what.
It saves time, it saves frustration, and it prevents messages from being overlooked because team members don’t have to comb through messages and figure out which information is relevant to them and which information they can discard.
Make Time To Bond
Collaboration happens more easily when members know each other well. The trouble is, it isn’t easy for employees to get to know each other when they’re solely focused on work-related tasks all the time.
If you really want your team to connect with each other on a meaningful level, you have to give them time to bond.
Avoid the pressure of planning activities after hours and make time during the work day to connect with each other.
For example, you could have a happy hour or a coffee chat, either online or in person, every month or so to let team members talk freely about topics outside of work.
You could schedule a team retreat or take the day off to do something fun, like try an escape room.
Keep in mind that bonding and team building are slightly different. Bonding means connecting on a more personal level, while team building focuses on connecting on a professional level. Both are important if you want to enhance collaboration on your team.
Celebrating wins can help your team collaborate more easily because it has the power to boost the confidence of the team. It boosts mood and motivation, which makes working together easier and more fun.
Don’t just wait for the big things to celebrate, either. Celebrating the small stuff helps keep the team engaged. It gives everyone a boost to keep going and reach that larger goal.
Collaboration doesn’t just happen because you’ve hired a group of people who are working together. True collaboration has to be nurtured.
By doing things like ironing out communication expectations, delegating tasks, and taking time out of the day to bond, you can collaborate to reach your organization’s highest goals.
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