It's no secret that collaboration is a valuable resource to harness during training, but do you know just how valuable? 86% of employees are learning what they need to know for work by collaborating with their coworkers.
So if a large majority of the nations' employees are finding such success by collaborating, then it makes sense for companies to strive to create a culture of collaboration in their training programs.
What exactly is a culture of collaboration? Well, when it comes to corporate training, a culture of collaboration is a haven of colleagues that rely on mutual trust, transparency, and open communication to achieve learning benchmarks and objectives.
As a leader, how can you effectively encourage a culture of collaboration within your training program? Try these five ways to establish a culture of collaboration and start reaping the benefits:
- Build trust with your employees. As is with every relationship, trust doesn’t happen overnight, but once earned can yield many benefits. Building trust between supervisors and employees is key to successful collaboration. To build long-lasting trust with your employees, try these tips.
- Treat every mistake as a learning opportunity. If you always seek to find the learning opportunity in any mistake, then you put a positive spin on failure. Failure is necessary for success, but pointing out the positive even when a mistake is made will allow your employees to grow to respect and trust you.
- Set clear expectations from the get-go. Be clear and concise with your expectations of your employees. This allows them to fully understand their job responsibilities and for them to have accountability and control over their outcomes.
- Emulate characteristics of a team player. If you want your employees to behave as a team, then you have to show them what it means to be a team player. Lead the pack by being genuine, accountable, accessible and dependable; then your employees will follow suit and be the same for their colleagues.
- Work as a team to set goals. If you discover, plan and address your goals as a team, collaboration will be inherent. The mentality that everyone is working toward the same goal and that they control the outcome enhances collaboration and teamwork.
- Be a great, clear communicator and an even better listener. Empathy is the first step on the path to mutual trust, so if you actually listen to your employees’ ideas, comments, and concerns, they will be more likely to voice them. Open communication is essential to collaboration, and thoughts should be encouraged and shared. If you show you're invested in each employee by actually listening to what they have to say, they will do the same with their coworkers.
- Strategically embrace each employee’s talents. Each employee is different and excels in different areas. As a supervisor, it’s your job to analyze each employee's strengths and weaknesses to determine where he or she are the best fit. Not everyone can be great at everything, but if you allow each employee to radiate their natural talents and use each talent for the good of the team, collaboration is innate.
- Be supportive and empowering. Help each employee to recognize their true potential. We are our own worst critic, so help your employees see the strengths and talents they bring to the team. Empower them to try something new when they’re stuck and support their ideas and differences. Treat each employee like the asset to the team that they are.
Creating a culture of collaboration during formal training and into the job will promote a seamless work environment. Encourage collaboration from the minute you hire and you’ll build a strong team focused on success.
"5 Surprising Employee Development Statistics You Don't Know" by Sylvie Woolf, ClearCompany.com; "Numbers Don't Lie: ROI of Corporate Training" by Justin Ferriman, LearnDash.com; "The Learning Pyramid" by ThePeakPerformanceCenter.com; "Collaboration Begins With You" by Ken Blanchard, Chief Learning Officer Magazine.