When you think about collaboration, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Does it mean working with others for a particular purpose? Or does it mean coming together because your work requires you to? Collaboration has a different meaning to every individual, but that meaning ties into one thing – how engaged you are at work.
In a recent article by Arinya Talerngrsi from the Bangkok Post, she posed a question that every employee needs to think about, ‘are you working to live or are you living to work?’. Talerngrsi is targeting the idea of how people can either be fully immersed in their jobs, making them want to ‘live to work’, while others are only completing duties in order to get their pay at the end of the week so they are, ‘working to live’.
She highlights that adopting a ‘live to work’ attitude can boost productivity, morale and company loyalty as you feel inspired to continue your work, rather than feeling as if you are only there for the money.
People need to feel as if they are part of a team, and have a purpose such as working towards a goal that will benefit the organisation they are a part of. Collaboration helps create this environment, which improves overall employee engagement.
The Power of Collaboration and Improving Employee Engagement
|Collaboration is the process of two or more people or organizations working together to realize mutual goals.|
This basic definition of collaboration can be seen as a starting block, with more room to build on depending on your organization. Collaboration is something that every company needs – yet making that a reality is not always easy.
Collaboration, and working with others in general, all comes down to the mindset you are in. Like Talerngrsi said, when you are working you need to focus on ‘living to work’, and seeing your job in a positive light.
The Huffington Post stated that 33% of workers feel as if there is no collaboration in the workplace, yet collaboration is a strong element in a successful organisation. Shifting your mindset comes down to the ability to ask for help, and to be willing to help others.
Think of it this way – if you need help on a task at work and feel a lot of pressure to complete it, do you feel better when you can share the load and get insight from others, or when you harbour all that stress yourself? You always feel better if you receive support from others, and then you have the ability to help them when the time comes.
If you are open to ideas, and are willing to put yourself out there when the time comes, then you are positively adding to your work environment. This can be during collaborative projects, or when you are just helping someone with a task.
Collaboration should be seen as a support system within your company, where you can share your ideas and help people develop theirs. No matter how big or small the project is, being open to this support system shifts the collective mindset, and provides a happier environment for all staff to complete their work.
What a platform like Hunchbuzz does is allow this support system to be easily accessible, and provide a social space for people to collaborate and innovate. It adds to the work environment as a way to help others, and to share your thoughts and ideas.
If you have a good work environment, then employees have the ability to flourish and grow in their roles. They feel as if they are being heard, and their ideas are recognized.
A good team environment unlocks employee potential as they feel comfortable, and know they have the ability to complete any task with a support system behind them. This positive environment causes people to feel more engaged in their work, as they can focus on getting their job done with a sense of security.
Collaboration also helps people innovate, as people inspire people. Encouraging ideas can make people feel as if they can make a difference, both in their work and the work of others.
Creativity is fostered when people listen to their imagination, and the imaginations of others, and a strong company culture allows everyone to be involved in the innovative process. Collaboration strengthens this creative bond between people, and these people often devote themselves to the organization, and become positive role models for others.
Written by Jenni Guzman, resident content creator(and curator) at HunchBuzz, the Southern Hemispheres #1 Idea Management platform.
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