How to set up a collaborative environment
Let’s start with understanding the difference between a physical and virtual environment for collaboration.
You may work in a global workplace, planning remote meetings. Even though your team might spend most of their time completely apart, sometimes it’s useful to get everyone together. When you do, what should that space look like? The design of your workspace can actually impact collaboration among your team members. For example, if you’re trying to cramp everyone around a small table in a busy coffee shop where people can’t hear each other - your team won’t get much done. A well-designed workspace can create a more open and inclusive environment, which can encourage collaboration.
If your team is working remotely you need to consider what technology is going to make the process easier. With so many tools available, you need to make sure you pick the right ones. Doodle, for instance, can help you arrange group meetings in minutes when you need to check in on how a project is going. Research and choose the right tools for your team, ensuring everyone is trained on how to use them.
Regardless of whether you are working in person or remotely, it’s essential you create an open, inclusive and supportive work environment. Encourage open communication, listen to feedback from your team and celebrate successes together. These small steps can go a long way in fostering a great collaborative culture.