If a company has a steadily fast-growing team, it can run into problems in collaborating work. It leads to broken missions and values. We need to focus on how we can create a collaborative workspace that leads to not just incremental growth but innovative growth.
The Problems With Fast Growing Workspaces
Picture a small team that is high-risk and has high collaboration rates. The team is fully engaged with their work, their company’s missions and they’re ready to move forward. Now, the same is not always true for a larger faster-growing workspace. Fast growth may ultimately lead to a disconnected culture, with the missions, values, and collaboration all out of the top of mind.
The Solution: Incremental and Innovative
When teams are working solutions and delivering value to customers, the innovation process can become slow and the incremental mindset takes over.
How do we create a more collaborative workspace?
We need to end the constant stream of team meetings and replace it with real interactive work. The replacement of meetings may seem to lean the other way, but it is quite the opposite. What companies need is more participation within team members.
Replace focus disrupting group meetings with attention from leaders. This attention from leaders will ultimately grow into team members, increasing collaboration and vision among everyone on the team. Schedule 1-on-1 meetings to focus your attention, scan their emotions, show your complete openness. These check-in meetings you can identify where each team member needs to collaborate and focus on more with others, effectively increasing collaboration and vision.
Providing purpose is another area that is drastically needing a change in most workspaces. Craft a creative purpose that your whole team, or individual parts of your team, can get behind. You can then extend this purpose into real impact.
After crafting and growing purpose within your workspace, you should then create an actionable plan that will allow your team to see it’s direct impact on your customer base.
Going Beyond Emotions
After an emotional mindset as well as values, missions, and purpose has been catered for your team it’s time to focus on the physical workspace. Survey your team and ask them “What is your most productive environment?”. This simple question will give you a great idea of how and where your team likes to work. Do they find conference rooms to be collaborative or more so lounges?
Changes in perspective like getting away from desks and losing the possible “chain” that hooks us to our desks, may inhibit collaboration and even productive work.
In summary, focus on providing solutions to your people, not just workers. Adjust your business preference to your team’s personal preferences that relate to their work. If you’re having trouble choosing effective furniture for your office, take a look at our post about solving the biggest problem with furniture.