Importance of collaborative working in business
By Evi Bettens, Intern
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 health crisis in March 2020, the world faced an unprecedented digital revolution. Suddenly, students found themselves attending school online. In companies, teleworking became the norm. Two years later, it’s time to get back to “normal”. However, it would be a mistake not to continue to use our digital skills. Many companies understand this. That’s why more and more of them are implementing collaborative working.
What is collaborative working ?
The Institute for Collaborative Working defines collaborative working as: ”Business relationships formed by committed organisations to maximise joint performance for achievement of mutual objectives and creation of additional value.”
Why does collaborative working matter?
- It boosts creativity. An employee who feels good in his company will naturally develop his creativity to put it at the service of his employer. In addition, the exchange of ideas encourages the sharing of ideas, and brainstorming sessions can give birth to new ideas.
- It improves well-being at work. Well-being at work is a requirement today. Talents want to be considered and to work in optimal conditions. Collaborative working promotes involvement and allows employees to work in a more positive atmosphere.
- It simplifies teleworking. Digital collaboration tools have made teleworking easier. By setting up collaborative platforms, exchanges are improved for information sharing and real-time communication.
As you can see, collaborative working has many advantages, both for employees and employers. It is now becoming an increasingly important part of the business world. This concept covers the notions of group, sharing and cooperation. And after all, don’t we say that we go faster alone, but further together?