Collaboration doesn’t happen overnight

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Collaboration is not something that you can buy. It’s a mix of many elements that won’t work one without the other. It’s a process that’s subjected to the laws of good will, knowledge and smart structures. And it involves three essential factors: engaged employees, specific tools and an open leadership.

That’s why you shouldn’t expect a collaborative tool to do everything by itself. It actually does nothing of itself. Any tool, by definition, is created to facilitate the implementation of specific actions attributed to people.

If you’re thinking about getting a ride on the social business train, here’s what you need to know:

Element 1: Engaged Employees. We had many blog posts related to this topic and that’s because it is of high importance for every business evolution. Satisfied employees generate all-around progress, while bored ones highlight the weaknesses in a company. Keep in mind that there is value in every employee and that it’s a manager’s challenge to bring that to surface. It’s a constant effort process that needs to be molded on up-to-date market and human capital necessities.

Element 2: Specific tools. Today’s market offers you the possibility to choose from many collaborative tools, in agreement with your own organization’s culture. The trick for a successful social tool acquisition is to always try to maintain a balance between the solutions that you already use and your future expansion plans. Align it with your organization’s type of activities, its future users and know from the start what processes you’re trying to improve with the help of it.

Element 3: Open leadership. Or in other words, practice what you preach. For a collaborative environment to be efficient, most appreciated leaders in your company must be genuinely interested in helping everyone to adjust to a team effort climate and sharing principles. Strict hierarchies are not an appropriate background for the first two elements to materialize, so everyone must keep an open attitude and show availability on each occasion. Collaboration asks for an all-out contribution.

These 3 elements are mutually dependent and can frequently trigger one another – collaboration tools have the power to engage employees and managers play a large role in this. Build it together and enjoy the perks of collective success!

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