Collaboration in the Workplace

Collaboration; it is defined as “the action of working with someone to produce or create something.” It is a tough responsibility that adults face, but when done properly it can have very positive effects. Although these effects are apparent after the task is completed, we all like the idea of walking to the beat of our own drum. We all like the idea of doing it all on our alone. But the truth is, most of the time we can’t do it all on our own. From the building of Rome to the creation of the iPhone, great success has come from collaboration. How is this relevant to you? Well, to be successful in our workplaces, we must collaborate. As much as we want to believe we are professionals at everything, those who are most wise know that they need help from people who have strengths where their weaknesses’ lie. They do not let their ego get in the way of their success.

Whether it be on a team or in a pair, being able to work well and create things with other people is crucial to work place success. Team work is a part of society that will never diminish, even as technology advances. Collaboration is one of the first steps to understanding others and also being successful in the work that you do on a regular basis. It leads to more important aspects of being a well rounded employee and allows for a friendly, learning environment to be opened up. When people collaborate, amazing things happen. We will talk and form relationships more meaningful than just a passing hello in the hallway, we will come up with solutions we could never have imagined before that hour long conversation over a coffee. Regardless of whether there is a team of fast food workers or a team of surgeons, collaboration is extremely important in the work place so that people can communicate freely, build relationships, and ultimately create the best work possible. 2 hands are better than one? So are two minds.