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How to effectively collaborate in the workplace

By Ben Madden


One of the best ways to be successful in your career is to collaborate effectively with those around you – but that’s often easier said than done. If you’re looking to improve your working relationships with your colleagues, then we’re here to help. 

We’ve put together a range of tips to help you improve your collaboration skills so you can achieve more in the workplace!

Top 5 tips to effectively collaborate in the workplace 

  1. Make use of technology.
  2. Create an environment where everyone feels heard.
  3. Encourage constructive criticism and disagreement.
  4. Make sure meetings are efficient and streamlined. 
  5. Celebrate people's successes. 
Effectively collaborating in the workplace can be highly enjoyable and rewarding, but for many people, collaboration skills need to be developed through time and experience. Some of the tips you can use to better collaborate with those around you include:

1. Make use of technology.

Apps like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Teams allow people to collaborate, and they’re especially relevant now that many people are working from home in at least a part-time capacity. It’s important to decide as a team which app/s work best for everyone involved, so you can get the most out of the software you end up choosing – especially when there is investment involved in purchasing software. 

2. Create an environment where everyone feels heard.

colleagues talking to each other

Not all your colleagues are going to feel 100% comfortable speaking in front of the rest of the team. Knowing how your colleagues like to communicate can go a long way to ensuring you’re able to work with everyone extremely effectively, and you’ll hear from people that don’t always feel heard – win-win!

3. Encourage constructive criticism and disagreement.

Sometimes, the best idea isn’t always the first one that comes to mind. It’s important to remind your collaborators (and yourself) that disagreement is a natural part of collaborating. However, it’s equally important to ensure all disagreements are respectful so no-one feels like their ideas aren’t valued. Make sure all parties involved in a disagreement are able to say their piece, rather than favouring one individual/team over another. 

4. Make sure meetings are efficient and streamlined.

No-one wants to turn up to a meeting where people are unprepared and things go on for too long. Establishing proper procedures and processes for meetings will ensure everyone’s ready to go whenever a meeting is held, because they know that things won’t meander on. Longer meetings aren’t always better – sometimes, less is more. 

5. Celebrate people’s successes.

Has someone in your team gone above and beyond to bring a project to life? Ensure they feel recognised! By showing that you’re invested in celebrating the success of your colleagues/other stakeholders, you’ll show you’re a team player, and that people’s achievements won’t go unnoticed. 

What skills can I learn from a BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business?

If you’re interested in improving your collaboration skills, then there are countless skills that you can learn from a BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business. The course will teach you how to better collaborate with colleagues and other stakeholders, as well as a range of other transferable skills. Some of the things you’ll learn include:
  • How to demonstrate leadership in the workplace
  • How to develop personal work priorities
  • How to solve complex problems
  • How to build relationships with other professionals
  • How to use a range of digital technologies to effectively collaborate
  • How to create complex documents for a range of scenarios
These skills are taught in a job-ready way, so once you’ve received your nationally recognised qualification, you can feel confident taking these skills into the workplace. Upskilled’s BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business is taught by specialists with experience in the business world, who are intent on passing on practical, job-ready skills. 

What are the career outcomes after completing a BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business?

business administrator

There are a range of careers you can potentially pursue after completing a BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business. It’s a course that can lead to a range of roles, and it’s ultimately up to you to decide what sounds most appealing to you – can you see yourself as an administrator, supervisor or coordinator? 

Some of the potential careers that may become available to you after completing a BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business include:
  • Office Administrator
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Project Administrator
  • Office Supervisor
  • Office Coordinator
A BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business can open a lot of doors career-wise, especially in the business administration world, as it provides you with the skills and confidence to complete complex operational and administrative tasks. 

How long does it take to get a BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business?

Completing a BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business can take 12-18 months on average. It’s taught online, so if you’re looking to upskill while working, it is a qualification that can fit around your lifestyle. You’re able to manage both your personal and work schedules while completing a BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business with Upskilled, so you can be in control of when and where you study. 

If you’re looking to improve the way you collaborate with others, or you just want to upskill, then Upskilled is here to help. Upskilled provides a wide variety of nationally recognised qualifications in a range of industries, so you can improve the way you work with both internal and external stakeholders in your role, whatever that may be!
 
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