In today’s digital world, workplaces are finding better ways to collaborate to increase productivity and effectiveness. Companies are investing in collaboration tools, they’re restructuring how they approach meetings, and they’re acknowledging how important it is to open the lines of communication.
Something that might not be as apparent, however, is what’s hindering collaboration in your organization. Do you have the right tools? Are different departments communicating effectively? Are questions getting answered in a timely manner? These are the types of questions you should be asking to figure out if your organization needs to address possible disconnects.
Here are three things that hinder collaboration:
1. Unclear hierarchy or chain of command.
Every organization has a different chain of command when it comes to getting questions answered or getting approval on certain projects. However, if your hierarchy isn’t clear, then the chances of getting that question answered or approval confirmed is slim to none. Make sure each team member knows exactly who to talk to when they need to get a higher up’s input.
2. No interdepartmental communication.
It’s an age-old problem with marketing and sales, and we’re sure it happens with other departments. If your departments are too siloed and don’t communicate well, then there is a clear disconnect within the ecosystem of your organization. Have once-a-month department head meetings to ensure everything is on the same page.
3. Lack of collaboration software.
The future of work is moving towards a remote work environment, and teams need to have the appropriate software and tools so they can continue communicating when they’re out of the office. Tools like internal social networks, company chat functions, and audio and video conferencing software can help teams stay productive when they’re telecommuting.
Collaboration is key to company growth. Address these issues within your organization so that your team and company can thrive.