The relationship between employees and management is an important part of creating a positive work culture and environment, but it doesn’t cover everything. How employees interact with each other makes up another major aspect.
In a business, few goals can be accomplished alone. One employee may contribute something important, but the work will likely pass through several others before it is finalized.
When employees work in large teams and work remotely, this process can be extensive. That can translate to streamlined productivity or unhelpful bottlenecks, depending on the ability (and willingness) of employees to collaborate.
At its best, a collaborative workplace is one where everyone understands the role of other employees and their work. Collaboration helps employees feel supported by their peers, and it can clarify the importance of an employee’s work to others.
Business executives can take a leadership role in encouraging collaboration between employees. This might mean arranging open workspaces that foster communication or installing managers who promote teamwork.
Human resources can also spearhead events that get employees interacting on a personal level.
When new projects arise, building upon existing teams that have experience working well together can translate to better results than relying on teams that lack such experience.