3 useful tips to build a collaborative team

EngageDots | September 11 - 2017


An organisation that values team relationship building is relatively more successful in surviving through troubled waters. This is highly relevant in the current scenario where teams are larger, diverse and positioned across the globe. Businesses are under the constant pressure to fulfil complex tasks that require specialised teams selected to achieve the results.

At times, such situations bring together professionals who aren’t familiar with each other. They may represent different department, locations, experience, culture and many other diverse backgrounds. An organisation can hope to succeed only if the entire team works as a cohesive unit. That’s the reason why team collaboration tool matters a lot today.

Collaboration is the key to building a nurturing work environment, build employee engagement and job satisfaction. When all the above factors are in place, goals become easily achievable.

So here are three ‘build’ strategies to achieve your dream team.

  1. Build and acknowledge collaborative behaviour

Team collaboration can be achieved only when it is inspired, built and rewarded. Make it a practice of involving collaborative behaviour through every stage. For example, when it comes to inducting a new joinee, begin with a formal introduction with the team, illustrating the roles and responsibilities. Encourage one-on-one meeting to build relations right from the beginning.

Collaboration is all about sharing knowledge, learning with the team and helping each other to meet deadlines. Also, create opportunities for mentoring activities that promote learning and knowledge sharing within the team.

Certain companies have the practice of acknowledging both professional and relationship building efforts. So if you witness teammates making efforts towards building a collaborative team, appreciate it.

  1.    Build leadership guidance

For a team to work on their collaborative efforts, they need direction. And when they witness their leader making efforts to communicate and mentor his associates, it builds a positive influence for the team. Hence, it’s paramount for a team leader to be both task-oriented and focused on building relations with the teammates. Focus on appointing a leader who is capable of nurturing the team within a creative, nonjudgmental and learning environment.

  1.    Build clarity of roles and responsibilities

It is important to clearly define the roles and responsibilities of every individual in a team for efficiently working towards a goal. Also, make certain that every team member is aware of their own role in the team and that of their teammates and how they can achieve the end result through collaboration.

When every individual focuses on accomplishing his own tasks, the team as a whole ends up reaching the finish line successfully, provided the work is skillfully distributed across the team by an efficient leader.

While some may argue that defining the goal rather than individual roles is the way to go, it may result in overlapping work, insecure employees protecting their work and the entire team trying to outshine each other.

Building a collaborative team requires investment in both time and efforts. Maintain your own set of principles to foster a collaborative environment that will benefit the employees as well as the organisation.