Importance of effective collaboration for team productivity

A collaborative team is much more effective than a hierarchical team. In a hierarchical team, there is a leader or captain who guides the entire team, like in a cricket or baseball game. The leader takes important decisions and each team member has a distinct role to play. Whereas in a collaborative team, there are no leaders and the groups are self-managed with everyone sharing the responsibilities equally. We can say a hierarchical team is a leader with a team and a collaborative team is a team without a leader.

There needs to be a high degree of competence and trust in a collaborative team as there is no leader to keep everyone in line. Consequently, a collaborative team functions as a matured form of a team. When organizations have more ‘individuals’ who are keen to play their own roles and responsibilities, collaboration fails and a leader is needed to manage the team.

When organizations learn to collaborate effectively, it results in:

  1. Engaged employees: Failing to collaborate effectively results in disengagement, which negatively impacts the companies’ bottom-line. On the other hand, improving collaboration and increasing employee engagement results in higher profitability. Highly engaged workers are 87% less likely to quit than their bored counterparts.
  • Investing 10% more into employee engagement efforts could easily increase company profits by $2,400 per employee per year.
  1. Attract talent: Collaboration plays a key role in attracting the best talent. Millennials are looking forward to work in an environment where they can collaborate freely with the senior management. According to research on millennials in the workplace, conducted by PwC, millennials relish the opportunity to engage, interact and learn from senior management. Online collaboration removes city, region, country constraints and gives access for the employers to a huge talent pool.

For the modern organizations, collaboration is deemed so important that up to 40% of the employees have expressed their willingness to pay for their own tools to make their jobs easier. A modern collaboration tool like Clariti can improve your productivity and efficiency — and therefore boost your bottom line.



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