The term “organizational culture,” or “company culture,” is a term we started using from the 80’s. It applies on how an organization functions and expresses itself.
Haworth identifies 3 basic components in the ”personality” of the organization (Haworth, 2015):
– Whats the company’s mission?
– What is the company doing?
– How is the company representing itself?
– What do employees think?
– What the company represents?
Collaboration is seen as an activity that involves activities around projects performed by company members. True collaboration is more than an activity, however. It is a process with associated behaviors that can be taught and developed.
Collaboration is a process governed by a set of norms and behaviors that maximize individual contribution while leveraging the collective intelligence of everyone involved. It is the way in which a group of people collectively explore ideas to generate solutions that extend beyond the limited vision of a single person (Maynard, n.d.).
Since collaboration should be viewed as a process, it is important to identify what a collaborative environment looks like.
In a truly collaborative environment, everyone has a voice. When people have a voice, they are able to contribute. When they understand how their contributions fit into their organization’s strategy, it gives them purpose. With that purpose comes belief in their organization. (Kip Kelly, Alan Schaefer, 2014)
Kelly and Schaefer name the benefits of a true wide collaboration:
- Fully engaged workers who are eager to take on new projects and challenges and who embrace change.
- Improved organizational flexibility and agility.
- Improved employee health, wellness, and performance.
- More productive and energized meetings.
- Extremely high retention rates.
- A competitive advantage when attracting top talent.
- The ability to develop and bring products faster to the market.
- Increased top-line revenue and better profitability.
This type of organization can breathe new life and energy into a company and it’s employees. Sharing knowledge, ideas and seeing things from different perspectives can move the organization forward (Contactzilla, n.d.).