I am so pleased with how the business and science community came together in 2020 and I hope this continues into 2021 and beyond. We would not be this far along without people working closely together and collaborating. I hosted several events in 2020, bringing together CEO’s and Founders who were willing to share their own experiences and challenges and I believe keeping this collaborative business spirit going in 2021 will help tremendously.
Creating and maintaining a collaborative culture while working apart and in a completely different set of circumstances is not going to come without its challenges. Over the last 6 months, we have hired 40+ graduates across our international offices and one of the key things I have been involved in improving, is the collaboration between offices, teams, and leaders.
There is ample evidence to show the highest performing teams are the ones that want to create meaningful connections and work in a culture of collaboration with leaders who are transparent and value teamwork. For collaboration to really take hold as an organisational value, leaders must become collaborative role models.
Creating a collaborative culture needs on-going work and buy in from the leadership team through to the most junior hires. It is engrained in the processes of how people work and communicate every day.
Some of the key things we do to help maintain a collaborative culture:
- Leadership knowledge sharing meetings.
- Monthly founder’s forum – open forum for everyone to communicate openly and honestly.
- Monthly companywide meetings to celebrate success across different divisions with a section dedicated to collaboration wins.
- New incentives and targets for collaborating with other teams.
- Investment and training in new tech to encourage remote teamwork such as Microsoft Teams and Trello.
- Mental Health continually discussed, and well-being workshops and activities created.
- On-going companywide remote social activities such as a cook-along, quiz, fitness challenges.
- L+D initiatives supporting and up-skilling lockdown working.