Top barriers in workplace collaboration
In order for any organization to properly function, it needs an established collaborative flow. Despite the fact that each individual has personalised priorities, they need to align with the overall business targets.
Promoting those healthy practices to team members that result in a raised productivity can be difficult.
86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures.
39% of surveyed employees believe that people in their own organization don’t collaborate enough.
But what are those barriers that don’t let us be fully engaging within our own company?
Here are the main ones we have detected.
Your departments speak different languages
In a dynamic and diverse team, each sector is focused on its tailored goals and tasks. A lot of times, the communication bridge between the different departments can be quite shaky.
The most known, and a common one is the barrier between the tech and creative department. Both of them have different approaches to the same complex problem because their viewpoint for the solutions varies.
Whilst the marketing team might be concerned with offering the benefits of a product to the right audience and prospect, the technical department doesn’t share the same concerns. This might result in misunderstandings when it comes to the fusion of a course of action.
This is why there needs to be more variety in the skill sets each employee possesses. There shouldn’t be any limits when it comes to how widened their knowledge can get. And obviously..
Communication, communication, communication.
An explanation can become easier towards one another when there’s a predefined relationship established.
You forget the bigger picture, the ultimate goal.
Focusing on personal tasks and forgetting the overall team goal is a common problem. When there’s no alignment in the mindset of what people simultaneously want to achieve, confusion rises up.
A positive and pro-active company culture massively avoids that.
Creating a trustworthy and motivated environment can be achieved through various social activities and day to day improvements. Those shared moments can help in re-enlightening the spark of inspiration, to push your organisation onto the next level.
The lack of spirit to take new initiatives.
Each team-players progress contributes to how collaborative they can be. When they don’t feel like they’re taking on challenges and being pushed in different aspects, that will reflect on their relationships with colleagues.
In the end, we all share the same human emotions, even in work environments. Try to catch dysfunctional behaviors within your enterprise as soon as possible, so you can work on further improving each relationship and push it to the next level.