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A guide to effective (not excessive) collaboration | The JotForm Blog

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A guide to effective (not excessive) collaboration | The JotForm Blog
If you've tasted a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, then I'm sure you'll agree: collaborations can be delicious. And highly profitable. In 2000, founders and fellow bootstrappers Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield sold their unconventional ice cream company to Unilever for $326 million. Appar...

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Benefits of workplace collaboration

Employees can share resources, swap perspectives, and boost each other’s creativity.

Collaboration allows us to capitalize on the collective knowledge and expertise of our people, while breaking down intra-company silos.

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Downsides of collaboration

Collaborations can be unproductive, time-wasting, and a strain on top employees.

Collaborative organizational structure can drain people’s time and resources, wherein employees are “emailed to death and meetinged to death."

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For effective collaboration...

... (or delegation), it helps to know where everyone’s expertise lies. 

Make sure your employees get to know each other, whether that happens through group lunches, coffee breaks, or informal social events. This also builds trust — a vital element for successful collaboration.

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  • Constructive. Give respect and show that you have their best interests in mind.
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