Why is co-operation so important within a group?
A cooperative and collaborative workplace is ideal from both individual and organisational standpoints. Research has shown that 33% of millennials would prefer to work in a collaborative environment, while businesses with ineffective collaboration and communication practices are more likely to experience higher turnover. From a productivity enhancing stance, collaboration enables the combination of talents and strengths, resulting in solutions that would otherwise not have been developed. In addition, collaboration encourages a culture of perpetual learning, where employees are constantly bouncing ideas and thoughts off each other. With a talent pool that is constantly advancing, it is inevitable that ideas and solutions will become increasingly innovative and thereby result in a highly collaborative and productive team.
How can we improve our team’s cooperation?
Team building activities are an effective method to nurture the development of a highly cooperative team. With activities such as team raft races and orienteering courses, groups are forced to share a sense of purpose and objective. With a mutual goal in mind, team members will learn of each other’s strengths, weaknesses and capabilities and therefore cooperate effectively to achieve their collective objective. Team building activites al give participants the opportunity to break down barriers in communication with their peers, therefore contributing to respect and positive interactions. Similarly, activities such as abseiling and rock climbing require reliance and contribution from each team member. By working quickly to avoid potential conflicts, trust is built and team dynamics will be developed.
What is the significance of communication?
Effective communication within a workplace is critical to achieve organisational objectives at all levels. Ineffective communication is synonymous with a disloyal and unproductive work environment. Therefore, the development of these critical communication skills will foster an environment where employees experience freedom and confidence in sharing ideas. Effective communication is built upon a work environment which encourages trust, confidence and understanding. Consequently, it is on the onus of the coordinator to build an environment that prioritises these areas.
How can you promote effective communication within your team?
Team building activities provide a safe atmosphere for groups to develop trust and positive relationships with each other. Specifically, tasks such as raft building, orienteering and obstacle courses are highly reliant on the contributions and communication from each member. In these cases, both verbal and non-verbal forms of communication are required and therefore may help break down the possibility of messages being misconstrued in the workplace.