We now live in a world in which most people look out only for their own welfare. Most of us are so used to being independent that we become averse to tasks that require working with other people. However, studies have shown that working or studying in a collaborative environment can further increase productivity and improve the quality of work.
The Ingredients Needed for a Successful Collaboration
Employers and teachers would love to see their teams and students working together harmoniously right off the bat. However, this does not happen by just placing a group of people in one room.
For collaboration to be effective, a group of people, whether they are students or employees, must share a common goal and hold a sense of accountability towards each other. Each member must be able to contribute towards achieving the group’s common goal. They must learn to communicate smoothly so ideas are shared, mixed, and molded to create optimal solutions for the task given.
Technology contributes to empowering collaboration
The exponential growth of technology has been astounding. It has also provided schools and businesses valuable tools to increase productivity and efficiency. Collaboration technology has enabled students and employees to be able to communicate with their peers, even if they are separated by distance or time zones. Applications are made to operate in very secure environments, such that sharing of information is worry-free.
An example of a highly useful tool for collaboration is Kami, formerly known as Notable PDF. It is an online document viewer that enables the user to view, edit, and annotate files. Since it can be connected to Google Drive, files can be accessed and shared 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It provides a venue for collaboration in real-time, since several users can work on a particular file all at once. Its annotation feature allows the exchange of feedback.
The benefits of collaboration
Goals are achieved more effectively It has already been proven that the caliber of collaboration involved has a great effect on the result of a group task. When a team can communicate smoothly, the tasks at hand are accomplished in a more efficient manner.
It allows those who are being left behind to catch up Collaboration allows those who are not yet up to par in terms of skill with the rest of the group, such as new employees or students who are having a hard time with the lesson, to catch up. They will be more engaged by asking questions like how the project should be done correctly. In this way, all members of the team can grow and improve together.
Collaboration allows flexibility The birth of collaboration technology makes it possible for students and employees not to be limited to work within work or class hours. The best ideas are often born outside the confinement of the school and workplace. Individuals can maximize “Eureka” moments in the comfort of their homes.
Achieving effective collaboration will take some time and effort. However, the positive outcome it will bring to students and employees is priceless.
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