12 Habits of Highly Collaborative Companies

January 17th, 2014

Collaboration is becoming a hot button issue for many new employees. Generation Y has been raised in a culture of collaboration and they expect this kind of interaction in the workplace. Recently, several industry experts have shared what they believe to be the 12 habits of high collaborative organizations. Let’s take a look at these traits now.

  1. Value the individual. Everyone on your team brings a different perspective along with different skills. While you are looking for a collaborative result don’t forget to reward individuals for their hard work or good ideas.
  2. Have a strategy before technology. Many companies want to implement the latest technology but unless you have a strategy that can show you how it will benefit your company you may want to take a step back.
  3. Listen to your employees. In order to encourage collaboration in your office you need to have a policy that values what your employees are saying.
  4. Get out of the way. Don’t let your need for control stand in the way of innovation among your team.
  5. Lead by Example. The best way to demonstrate your desire for collaborative projects is to lead your team by example. Roll up your sleeves and get to work innovating new ideas along with everyone else.
  6. Go with the flow. Innovation is often an organic process followed by a “eureka” moment. You can’t force creativity and you can’t demand innovation.
  7. Create a supportive environment. You want to establish an office environment that is not only open to collaborative working arrangements but encourages them. Create spaces in the office that bring people together rather than separating them into cubicles.
  8. Measure the right things. So many organizations get caught up in metrics and reporting. Rather than looking at the dollars and cents evaluate the potential, the incremental goals, and the long term feasibility of the project.
  9. Be persistent. Motivation is very important when it comes to creative innovation. Be persistent with the project but don’t micromanage it.
  10. Adapt and evolve with the changes. Some managers have a hard time with change. Don’t get stuck in an idea of the way things used to be. Embrace this new order and evolve your management style to fit within it.
  11. View the customer benefits. A collaborative workplace will produce products and services that will be of value to your customer base. Look at the end result and your customer satisfaction to measure the success.
  12. View the corporate benefits. Your team will also benefit from a collaborative workplace. You will see less competition between staff members and more satisfaction with their jobs.

Do you want to encourage collaborative thinking and innovation in your organization? If you are looking for recruiters in Pearland TX, contact our team today.

4 Ways to Onboard Your Texas Employees

September 13th, 2013

It is a startling statistic to hear that 22% of new employees leave within 45 days at a job. In fact, 4% of them leave after an awful and apparently unredeemable experience on their very first day. Businesses know that stellar employees are an investment but often they allow the new team members to start the first day with little to no oversight and expect them to succeed, especially if they have previous experience. There is more to hiring the right people than meets the eye. Here are four ways you can help the onboarding process and improve your retention.

  1. Facilitate introductions. Your new employee may be spending the majority of their time within their own department but they will interact with everyone in the company at one time or another. Help make their first meeting be positive. Spend some time taking the new employee around the office and introducing them to everyone on your team.
  2. Offer leisure time. The first day can be overwhelming so take some time out to relax in the middle of the day. You may want to consider taking the new employee out to a long lunch and you can even include other members of that department. It will give everyone a chance to talk about the job and the company in a comfortable atmosphere.
  3. Provide training about company culture. Of course it is important to train your new employee on office policies and procedures as well as the general duties of their job but also consider incorporating your company culture into the training curriculum. Share your value structure, your environment, how you enjoy your time on the job, and your mission.
  4. Provide regular feedback. Don’t wait until their 90 day review to share information about their performance. Gently correct them on anything they need to improve as you see it happening. More importantly, provide positive reinforcement when you see them excelling at their new position. You hired them for a reason so let them succeed.

Are you looking for more advice for hiring your next stellar employee? If you are looking for recruiters in Pearland TX, contact Meador today.