Research shows that you can measure the health of a relationship, team or even organisation by the average lag time between identifying and discussing problems.
Moving away from a culture of competition to a culture of collaboration and trust is about sharing objectives and achievements with the wider team. Not only that, but providing more frequent and meaningful forums for updates and feedback.
When we have a culture of collaboration and trust it becomes easier to hold deeper, more honest conversations that transform our relationships in the workplace. By being prepared to hold these conversations, instead of avoiding them, we also ensure clarity over responsibilities and expectations.
This enables us to achieve excellence.
Collaboration involves individuals or groups working together towards a shared goal, pooling their collective expertise and ideas. In this environment, communication skills, active listening, and open-mindedness are key. We don’t just want employees to be able to have these conversations—we want them to be successful.
The Power of Collaboration
In all sectors, collaboration has consistently proven its strength. One Stanford study found that employees in a collaborative environment saw a 50% increase in productivity compared to similar employees working independently.
Not only were these employees more productive, but they were also more motivated and engaged with their tasks.
However, research shows that the most important factor in predicting the success of collaborative conversations is creating psychological safety right from the start. Psychological safety allows us to share ideas, questions and concerns without fear of judgement or negative repercussions. This leads to productive conversations and ongoing feedback where everyone is working towards a common goal.
When psychological safety is low, colleagues hold back in meetings and 1:1s, which results in diminished conversation. Diversity of thought is reduced, new ideas are missed, and our opportunities for improvement are not explored.