A good working relationship between your employees is one of the most effective ways to increase productivity. Getting your employees to engage with one another improves their ability to work together and produces better results. Putting on social events is a great way to do it, but it’s a bit old school. Technology has given us lots of different ways to inspire engagement between employees and if you aren’t taking advantage of it, you’re only harming yourself. Here’s what you’re missing out on.
Collaborative working is a huge workplace trend at the moment. Office spaces are being set up to encourage employees to engage in group projects and pool their skill sets, rather than trying to tackle problems on their own. Cloud computing is the most important technological innovation that has helped improve our ability to work collaboratively. Being able to access files from anywhere makes it far easier for employees to work together on something, even if they aren’t all in the office at the same time. It ensures that everybody is constantly up to date with the progress of projects and they can add things at any time.
Shared Problem Solving
In years gone by, if you had a problem at work, you’d need to wander around the office and find the right person to help you out. But now, lots of employers are creating information pages that can be accessed by anybody. They have all of the information you might need to solve problems, and if you can’t find what you need on there you can use forums to pose a question. Having these forums means that instead of going to one person to solve a problem, the entire workforce can come together to find the best solution.
As well as offices that are geared toward group projects, some employers are developing offices that have no physical presence at all. New technologies mean that people don’t need to be in the office at all to work. This improves employee engagement because it allows them to meet outside of work and carry on with projects that they’ve started in the office. Being able to collaborate in this informal environment means that they are more relaxed around one another and they have more freedom over the way that they work together. This will improve their relationship no end, and bring together employees that like to work in similar ways. Working with others that share your working practices makes you more productive than you would be if you were working with people that wanted to do things differently.
Injecting a little competition into the workplace is always good if it’s handled right. Adding gamification like progress features and percentage ratings into the workplace, like those you find in mobile apps and games, can give your employees an extra boost. Friendly competition between employees improves their relationships while at the same time encouraging them to work a bit harder.
These new technologies can help your employees to take their relationship outside of the office and improve their ability to work together well.