Why Successful Collaboration Starts with Employee Empowerment

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  1. Trust in employees by leaders/managers.
  2. Trust in company tools/technology/data by leaders/managers and employees.

Creating this foundation of trust can create great strides in empowering employees and the initial adoption of technology that can help amplify and scale collaboration but doesn’t guarantee long term adoption.

But sadly, most companies stop when it comes to establishing a trusted organization, therefore, leaving the three-way trust to stand on its own. Without any process for change such as new employees, a shift in company policy, the addition of modern technology, and maybe the most disruptive, the lack of education. No, not the lack of education on how to use a tool instead of training focused on teaching employees the value of sharing knowledge and working with others instead of the old mindset of holding on to what you know to make yourself irreplaceable.

The ways we collaborate and communicate have changed over the years yet are still the same.

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No, It’s Not Just Millennials That Want Empowered!

As a self-aware “pager-wearing Millennial” myself, the idea of employee empowerment for failing into the bucket of a millennial stereotype isn’t acceptable. Such as associating empowerment with the need for participation trophies or the need for attention, but no leader for a minute should believe that millennials are the only ones that want to feel empowered,. Doesn’t every employee want to feel like their boss appreciates them and that the work they are doing is having a more significant impact on the company they work for than we have a much bigger problem than collaboration?

We know that every employee learns differently and that every employee has different goals so why do we believe that every employee will collaborate and communicate the same way?

Because it’s a company policy because it’s the only option…

What’s in it for the employee?

There is no doubt a massive shift happening in the thought leadership space as leaders are no longer being praised for what they know rather how much they share with others and how good they are at conveying it in a relatable manner.

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Collaboration is ONLY successful over the long term if it’s both mutually beneficial and mutually empowered.

As I stated at the beginning, trust is the most critical component in creating a collaborative culture, and employees today WANT to trust their company. Still, that trust can’t be just one-directional, just like collaboration can’t be all about the way the company wants to communicate.

Brian Fanzo Digital Futurist Keynote Program Future-Ready
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