Surely most people have experienced something similar: One desperately needs to solve a problem, e.g. on the computer. The PC just doesn’t do what you want and you don’t get ahead. There seems to be no solution. Then a colleague comes along and promptly has the solution at hand. This alone shows you the advantages of teamwork. If you had worked together with this person from the beginning, you would not only be less frustrated, but also more efficient.
Collaboration is therefore an important component of a positive Employee Experience (explained by us here). The importance of team work is probably clear to most companies. What is important here is to actively promote it. According to a Stanford study, people who were encouraged to work together with colleagues were not only 64% more productive, but also showed more joy and engagement (Employee Engagement explained by us here).
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Silo Mentality as the Problem
Silo mentality describes the strict separation of departments in a company. Each department works on its own and there is hardly any exchange let alone teamwork. If, for example, marketing and sales are not well coordinated, there is automatically a loss of performance. Also many HR approaches do not always reach everyone for this reason. Furthermore it is of high importance that the work of the IT department reaches every department and every employee especially in today’s age.
Teamwork within the company
In order to reduce the performance loss in silos, departments must use synergies. This shared sense of unity leads to an increased Employee Experience and strengthens corporate cohesion. Possible approaches to handle this are:
- Internal communication platform
Having a software solution in which communication is possible for all employees in all departments is crucial.
- Job rotation
If you give your employees the possibility to change jobs within the company, you open up the possibility to find the optimal person for a task. Moreover, this satisfies the curiosity of some employees who take advantage of this opportunity.
- creation of interdisciplinary teams
Teams that are successful usually consist of people with different skills and backgrounds. It is therefore advantageous to have employees from different departments working together.
- Rewards for cross-company rather than individual success
If the management communicates through rewards that teamwork (especially cross-departmental) is valued, the teamwork increases and the company becomes more successful.
Tools that enable Teamwork
Unily is an intranet platform for individual connectivity to improve collaboration and productivity.
ProofHub is a project planning software with tools that a team needs to get the job done faster together.
Miro is an online collaborative whiteboard platform that enables teams work effectively together, from brainstorming with digital sticky notes to planning and managing agile workflows.
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