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Monday, 23 January 2017
5 Ways Collaboration Helps Your Small Business
small business owner always wants results, good results. That is why there is
always an endless struggle to make the businesses more efficient, reputable and
profitable. From experience, going it alone is at times very difficult but
there is always a way around that which is simply by “collaboration.” Any small
business owner who manages to engender a collaborative environment can drive
better bottom line results. That is great! Here are 5 direct benefits small
businesses can derive from collaborative efforts.
to More and Better Workers
Business collaboration makes available a wider
potential pool of employees. You have available for use, outsourced workers, remote
workers who may prefer their home environments to work for you and even
part-time workers depending on your own business model. That arrangement gives
you the flexibility to hire only persons who are best for the job, regardless
of their locations.
More Effective Communication
You may be aware that information is only valuable
if it’s available to the right people at the right times. And, these are the people
who can make use of that information for the sake of your business. Without a
true collaboration system for your team, what happens is that your team gets to
rely on regular communication methods like phone systems, text chat or email
which could fragment such information. Fragmented information hurts your
business real time but with systems collaboration, that problem can be
More Efficient Processes
Collaboration in the use of processes engenders
efficiency by eliminating duplication of efforts. Duplication of efforts brews
avoidable crisis and dissipation of energies resolving crises which would have
been avoided in the first place. With crises, projects take longer to finish thereby making customers
unhappy. But with better collaboration, employees and systems roles are better
clarified leading to reduced crises and increased efficiency.
Better Customer Satisfaction
When systems work efficiently and employees stick
with their roles, there is always better customer satisfaction. When friction
is eliminated, your employees are happier and do give a better account of themselves
in getting the work done. Naturally, that translates to better service for the
satisfaction of customers. Employees’ collaboration engenders that and many
small businesses can now take advantage of online collaboration tools to get
things done in a better way.
Using Employee Strengths More Efficiently
No small business which is unable to tap into her
employee strengths can ever be sufficiently productive. When project managers
encourage their employees to work together on projects, they get the benefit of
each person being able to work on activities that are most suited to their
specific skills/strengths. That way, projects can be divided up more
effectively based on proven skills. That is one great way to tap into employee
strengths, a consequence of which a better and more effective job gets done.
End result is improved productivity.