Traditional business environments rely on face-to-face interactions. In the digital world, new challenges arise. Working together requires online security, conferencing technology, and other digital tools. Instead of expecting employees to be available for meetings, calls, and text messages around the clock, consider avoiding burnout by taking steps to build a productive collaborative workplace culture that doesn’t rely on obsolete ways of working.
Due to social media, an organization’s culture can become unintentionally well known even by outsiders, as employees comment publicly on what it’s like to work inside their company. This transparency can become an asset or a liability for its leaders. Make sure you’re taking these crucial steps to enhance your company’s image:
Foster inclusive group dynamics.
Employees making friends and creating cliques is a natural by-product of working together, however, when you allow in-group out-group cliques to form, conflict tends to arise. Infighting can result in a lack of trust and respect for other coworkers or employers. Therefore, raise up leaders and managers to act as role models for building an organization where everyone works towards the same goal. Instead of competing for resources, teams should have equal access to the things they need to produce the best business outcomes. Also, make sure to provide a mechanism for employees to provide feedback on workplace culture and address obstacles to productive collaboration.
Invest in digital tools.
Giving your company the ability to work across time zones and cultures can provide many competitive advantages. You should always be looking for new ways to incorporate online collaboration tools and techniques into your team’s repertoire. doing so can open up new opportunities for career development and innovative approaches to producing quality work.
Develop employee skills in conflict resolution.
Disallowing dissent within the workplace could cause resentment among your employees. Instead, look to intentionally build healthy approaches to handling workplace differences at all levels of your organization. Doing so enables an environment where employees can feel free to take some calculated risks without fear of reprisal.
Encourage employees at every level of the company to base decisions on the facts, not stereotypes or assumptions. By training your employees to recognize the value of asking questions to understand another person’s perspective, you can mitigate the possibility of major disruption and failure when minor errors occur due to a simple misunderstanding.
To foster a collaborative digital workplace, continue to develop your employees’ ability to function in an online world. You may need to update your policies and procedures to adjust for the use of new tools, such as web conferencing, and less reliance on older technologies, to get work done. A digital workplace makes it possible to include all members of your organization in events in a cost-effective manner, so take advantage of these tools to be as inclusive as possible and foster loyalty along the way. By encouraging a collaborative digital workplace, you’ll be able to retain talent, increase job satisfaction, and continue to move forward in a continually changing world.