Collaboration among employees - solving some common problems
Written by: Hrishikesh Pardeshi, Founder at Flexiple, buildd & Remote Tools.
Last updated: Jan 19, 2023
Needless to say, collaboration among employees can make or break your team. How your employees work with each other, how they gel with each other, all of this makes an impact on the work at the end of the day. And in any case, there will be challenges. Surely there are bound to be issues that need to be solved. From our experience, we have seen that some of these are predictable. One can tell where the issue is likely to occur
Some common focus areas for collaboration among employees in a remote setting:
No matter how much stress one puts on this point, it isn't enough. How many instances have you had when you wished that the communication had been clearer? Or that you had known more about something before starting to work on it? Would have saved a lot of time, wouldn't it?
Communication is vital for that very reason for collaboration among employees. The answer to this will always be the same. Over-communicate. A common advice given by almost all the people we've spoken to, is to over-communicate. And this is truly the main way to ensure that the needs are met. One other important thing is to document the things that are communicated so that coming back to it to refer is easy.
Most remote teams are distributed all over the world. It is then obvious that the group will be made of people from varied time zones. It is vital to not let this become a block in easy and smooth collaboration among employees. But when you have people who belong to both GMT-5 and GMT +6.30, how do you do it then?
There is a fairly easy answer to this, too. One thing you could try is scheduling apps. There are quite a few free as well as paid scheduling apps that can help you seamlessly connect and work across all physical and time borders. These apps not only check your calendar and that of the other person, but also suggest the best time for both of you, thus proving to be a one stop solution to all your time zone woes.
How many times after closing Zoom have you felt that this could have been done in a better way? That somehow, what ever was discussed, could also have just been typed and saved you a lot of energy? I am sure that if you are fairly new to remote working, the answer to that is most of the time. And it is understandable, meetings do take up a lot of time and energy. What do you do then?
The answer to almost every thing today can be given by tech. There are many apps and tools you can use to make your meeting more efficient. Do give a read to this blog on tips to run successful remote meetings, too. Effective planning and conscious effort towards having shorter meetings helps. So does knowing that this takes out time from not only yours, but also the plate of the person you are going to talk to. And this can only be avoided on purpose.
As you can see, all the points above direct to saving time and getting the work done in a more efficient manner. This is fundamental to remote working, too. Keeping the above in mind can surely solve some common issues faced with collaboration among employees.