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FIVE SIGNS OF A COLLABORATIVE WORKING CULTURE
02 December 2020

In today’s work environment, four Cs distinguish high-performing organisations: connection, communication, collaboration, and continuity. Let's take a closer look at these features

1 Collaborative leaders

According to Harvard Business Review, leaders who regularly seek out diverse opinions and ideas amongst their team members are more likely to build sound business strategies that solve problems. As a result, employees become more engaged and are more likely to take responsibility. Leaders can set the stage and ground rules for not only their own teams but the organisation as a whole.

2 Clarity from the top

High performance teams are almost always traced back to a leader who can clearly and intentionally communicate. This approach relies on a holistic strategy that meets the team’s needs. For example, Steven Rogelberg, author of The Surprising Science of Meetings, explained that ” short meetings with a focused agenda can have tremendously positive effects. Plus, they align with the existing research on limited human attention spans and fatigue.” Find out more about best practices and examples of remote communication here.

3 Strong connections

Collaborative teams are connected to one another despite their remote locations. According to a recent McKinsey study, demonstrating authentic corporate purpose in the time of Covid-19 helps teams bond and fosters collaborative behaviour. Organisations and leaders who carefully cultivate these principles “[build] a powerful sense of identity and purpose that will long outlast the immediate crisis,” states the article. Here are five principles to shape corporate purpose to guide leaders during crisis times.

 

4 High team spirit

High employee morale helps lower burnout rates and encourages greater feelings of a shared vision. A recent survey by SHRM showed that for two out of three employers, maintaining employee morale has been a challenge during the pandemic. In remote teams, cultivating morale requires hard work, but according to Forbes, it can be achieved by providing continuous support and staying human through flexibility and empathy. Discover the four-step guide to lifting and strengthening team confidence today.

5 Measurable goals

When leaders and organisations have clear goals, it serves as a way to measure a team’s success tangibly despite geographic separation. When remote teams are aligned on where they are and what they have to do, members will seek efficient and productive measures to achieve those goals, resulting in natural and enduring collaborative processes.