6 Work Tips To Get Yourself Collaborating With Others More
The dreaded moment has arrived. Nearly all year you’ve kept your head down and avoided cooperation and collaboration. You’ve been able to breeze by on your laurels, which is nice because you’re not at the whim of anyone else. You can do your own thing and work at your own pace.
All that is shattered as you’re handed your new project that requires — gasp — collaboration with your co-workers. You’re going to have to talk to them, spend time with them, work alongside them?
Okay, maybe that entire scenario is just a tad dramatic. But everyone knows that feeling where you’re finally forced out of your comfort bubble and you have to work alongside a group of folks, people you may have seen every day but know little about.
It’s not easy breaking that barrier. What do you say? How do you share and collaborate? What should you keep to yourself?
Sadly, you’ll have to find the answer to a lot of the questions you have floating around inside your head on your own. That’s the nature of being collaborative: You need to learn to adapt. We can, however, help a little by sharing a few ways to improve your cooperativeness.
Let’s dive in.
Yes, there’s the possibility that you’re wrong and speaking up won’t bring anything to pass. What about the opposite, however? What if your idea is more streamlined and helps you get the work done faster or better? What if you have the right answer and your colleagues are wrong? What if you can pose the solution to a problem you’ve all been trying to figure out for hours, days or even weeks?
Start every collaborative project by expressing yourself in full and continue to do it throughout the scope of your work. Don’t hold back.
Before you know it, you’ll be a pro, and you’ll be able to share, explain or collaborate on nearly anything.
Make sure before you start doing the heavy work that you’ve chosen the right tools for you and everyone else. If necessary, download a new app or browser extension to help you all communicate and get more done.
Some companies do have policies against the kinds of third-party apps they’ll allow employees to use, but there should still be some options available for you to choose from.
Don’t be afraid. Who cares if the question you have to ask is stupid or not? If you have a question, then get clarification from someone, anyone. It’s important, and chances are someone else had the exact same question you did — they were just too scared to ask.
Collaboration requires communication, and one of the best ways to communicate is to ask a question and pose a discussion, so don’t be afraid to do so.
If this means being the one to speak up first, then do it. If it means being the first one to ask questions or make suggestions, do it. Don’t be content sitting on the sidelines, because this is a collaborative effort, and every bit of participation helps. Participate! Get out there and make yourself be a part of the team, whether you enjoy it or not.
Your ideas have weight and most likely will help your team. Your opinions matter and may save you a lot of hassle. Your presence matters, and your team would be worse off without you there.
You already know you have a lot to contribute, and that means there’s a ton you can do to support your team, so do it!
Don’t be afraid of disagreements or conflict. Don’t feed it by making things worse and being mean to the others in your group, but recognize the importance of such an event during a group project.
If you go into your project with all these things in mind, you’ll do just fine. You never know — you may even come out of the whole ordeal a more open, collaborative person.