Communication—it’s what makes internal and external operations alike run smoothly. Interpersonal, communication-based soft skills are amongst the most sought-after in 2020, and have been for some time. One skill that falls under the larger communication umbrella is collaboration. At alliantgroup, collaboration is of utmost importance; that’s why it’s one of our nine core values.
“We are a team! Our office is an open pod layout. It allows for collaboration and free flowing of ideas. We encourage employees to share ideas, opinions, thoughts that allow us to make the very best decisions. We help each other to succeed.”
But why is collaboration so important? Let’s start by looking at its role for alliantgroup’s culture. Everything we do to encourage interaction and communication is done in order to encourage collaboration as well. We have our open-door policy to keep managers accessible at all times, sessions to promote employee investment, and regularly invite employees of all experience levels and departments to voice their opinions and ideas.
Similar programs by other corporations prove that such systems are beneficial for creating avenues of collaboration. Since collaborative cultures “are rooted in trust and building relationships,” factors like communicative technology, regular group sessions, and other interpersonal and interactive events are great ways to get that culture going. It’s also reported that a focus on accountability can help generate a collaborative culture—wouldn’t you know it, ownership is one of our core values, too!
In episode four of the podcast Innovating America, alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav cited collaboration as one of the most important elements of modern business, as well as one of the most often forgotten ones.
“One of the things that we strive to build here at alliantgroup is, I really don’t care what your position and title is; day one, you come in and have a great idea? Let’s talk about it. Let’s listen to it. Let’s see if we can implement it.”
This attitude is exactly what upper management needs to drive collaboration and reshape company culture. And, in doing so, companies can utilize powerful tools such as brainstorming sessions, value-building, and increased levels of trust and respect. In fact, as business and product management blog Nutcache puts it, “progressive companies are increasingly realizing the value of collaboration and looking for ways to foster it within their teams, both traditional and virtual.”
In this regard, collaboration is possible across all fronts, no matter the shape, size, or layout of your business. That manes there’s no better time than now to get your employees talking!