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Top Tips For Better Collaboration With Office Colleagues

Collaboration has been the business buzzword for years, but according to our research, it’s still an ambition rather than a reality for European workplaces. In a survey of 6,000 office workers, well over a third (41%) said their colleagues had forgotten to share important information or documents with them.

Collaboration has been the business buzzword for years, but according to our research, it’s still an ambition rather than a reality for European workplaces. In a survey of 6,000 office workers, well over a third (41%) said their colleagues had forgotten to share important information or documents with them.

Information sharing is crucial to the process of collaboration, which has been defined as two or more people coming together to create something that they could not have created on their own (Michael Schrage, Research Fellow at the Center for Digital Business). If your business isn’t set-up to promote team work, then you are missing out on these ideas and innovations. How much of the information that those colleagues forgot to share could have led to new business or saved costs?

We also found that other anti-collaborative habits were common, with 41% of office workers experiencing colleagues talking over others in meetings and one third (36%) experiencing others typing or carrying on with their own work during a conference call or meeting. Most of us will recognise these annoying behaviours as simply a part of office life, however, they can have an impact not only on a team’s productivity, but also its morale.

With more people working from home or mobile working, cooperative relationships are becoming both more important and more difficult. How can you improve teamwork in your office? What role can technology play? We asked Dr Nigel Oseland, a workplace strategist, author and environmental psychologist, to share his advice on setting up the best conditions for collaboration.

His tips and tricks form the cornerstone of the Sharp Unlock White Paper “Better Collaboration With Colleagues”. This free download covers everything your business needs to help you start thinking of collaboration in new ways.
From building trust across teams and personality types, to the rules for creating the perfect meeting – both face to face and when collaborating via conference call, we’ll show you how to work smarter, be more productive and get more from the tech in your office.

DOWNLOAD: “Better Collaboration With Colleagues

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