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Reasons Why Business Functions Should Work Together for Overall Success

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 9, 2018

There are many essential functions of a business, and if they are fragmented, it soon becomes apparent in productivity and success levels. Departments should not be seen as a standalone entity within a company, and this is where several organizations make the most significant mistakes. Not one person or team is responsible for the success and failures of a business, but it is often highlighted this way when communicating internally and externally. Not only does this spark demotivation within the company, but also there are also several functions that are classed as non-profit making that does not get the same recognition as the profit-making sectors. It can cause internal conflict and over time will affect the overall success of the organization.

So why is it important to combat segregation in companies and get people working together and taking responsibility as a whole for business operations? Take a look at the reasons why you should encourage collaborative working environments to get better results.

Productivity increases

When people begin to see the benefits of working together, productivity naturally increases throughout the company. Although different sections are responsible for various projects, the end goal is the same for everyone. Once you get management and workers to see this end result as the same objective, you can help to bring everyone together to achieve it. Collaborative working brings people together and gets everyone asking questions and seeing how they work more efficiently so other departments can work with them to bring ideas to fruition.

Taking responsibility 

If people take responsibility for the whole process, they can then start to feel a part of the entire project from start to finish. In some companies, it is apparent that most employees either don’t want to take this type of responsibility on or they are have not been given a choice. When workers are encouraged to take more action, they can help to resolve issues, not only in their individual department but also in other working processes. For example, if the finance department experiences delays in processing expenses as they are not getting the information on time, they could, in turn, have to delay filing a tax return online which would have implications further down the line. In this case, workers and departments would have to take responsibility for meeting deadlines and helping to get information across more effectively to avoid issues. The finance department could also help in highlighting these issues rather than allowing them to happen without consequence. 

Improves communication

In many companies, there is still a strong influence of individualism and separation between departments. In some cases, this attitude can result in people not taking responsibility for the results of a project after it has passed through their section. With this type of thinking, communication starts to break down as people become cut off and defensive over their work. Encouraging a collaborative environment can help to reduce this narrow-minded behavior in a workforce. Ensuring everyone is communicating and information transition is fluid between departments helps to bring everyone in on projects and opens up a channel of conversation and working practices can be discussed openly to bring improvements in productivity and motivation.

There are many reasons why everyone needs to come together for better working conditions and increased productivity, so ensuring your business promotes this will see you reap the rewards for the future. 

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