If you’ve been in business any length of time, you’ve probably had to overcome a challenge or two along the way. One of the biggest challenges a business has to overcome in this day and age is the fact that so many people—including the most desirable hires—are choosing to work remotely.
The signs begin to creep up on you: productivity is sluggish, enthusiasm is down, and new ideas just aren’t happening. You sense there’s a problem but you can’t quite put your finger on what happened to change your work environment from one with high output to one that is crashing under its own dead weight.
It’s no secret that creativity in the workplace is vital to success. Anyone who runs a business realizes the complex issues facing entrepreneurs today are vastly different from the problems even just a decade ago. The economy, regulations, and increased competition have all required business owners to step up their game and find new methods to reach the next level.
While the benefits of having a creative workforce are plentiful, managing creative people is akin to herding cats. Just ask anyone who’s been there.
Collaboration is more than just a group of people working together on a project. Collaboration is a culture that permeates a company. It’s a culture rich with teamwork, cooperation, and a sense that we’re all in this together, working to achieve a shared vision.
It’s easy to say we’re going to have a creative work environment, but it doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen without putting in some thought and effort. The first thing people think of when talking about a creative workplace is an open floorplan and people working in beanbags. While interesting furniture and décor might play a role, there are other components that matter just as much.
Collaboration is more than throwing a group of people together to work on a project. Collaboration is an understanding that it takes the whole group to achieve the shared vision. Each person is dedicated to their fellow team members and motivated to make a contribution.