As going through school teaches most people, working hard as a group on the same project isn’t always the easiest task to undertake. People will easily follow slightly different paths if the right work isn’t done to keep them on the right track, along with a huge range of other issues which make a manager’s life much harder. Of course, though, in the professional world, there often isn’t a choice, and people will simply have to work together. As an employer, business owner, or manager, it’s your job to make sure that everyone is able to do their job. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring the three main stages which come with workplace collaboration.
The Training: Before people will be able to work together effectively, they will probably need a little bit of training. Most people will take their own approach to work, and this can work really well when they are completing projects by themselves. In a team, though, you will all need to march to the beat of the same drum, or work may not be completed on time. Whether you achieve this through in-house training or an option like a Six Sigma Green Belt course, having some training in place can dramatically improve your team’s productivity. Of course, everyone will need this, and you will have to work hard to ensure that they are learning everything they can.
The Planning: Once everyone is on the same page with the practices and tools you’ll be using, you will be ready to start planning the first project you hope to undertake. This stage is important as it gives you the chance to set some realistic targets for yourself. If the work will take two weeks, having a plan can help you to identify this, and will make it a lot easier to allocate the right time for it. Along with this, during the course of the project, your plan will act as a resource to show your team members whether or not they are working hard enough. Most people find it a lot easier to work hard when they have the pressure of deadlines.
The Execution: Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s time to think about the execution of the project. As the manager, it can often serve the team best if you avoid getting involved with the work itself, instead spending your time helping individuals to get their parts complete. This will mean putting pressure on people, along with working hard to keep a strict schedule. With this in place, though, it will be much easier to meet your final deadline. Whether your work is internal or for a client, it will be critical that it is finished on time.
Hopefully, with all of this in mind, it will be a lot easier to start working on the time you put into your workplace collaboration. It can be easy to assume that your employees will already have the skills to achieve something like this. In reality, though, most people will struggle, and everyone will need some help along the way.