The ability to cooperate with others and work together effectively
What is it?
Collaboration is the ability to work with others healthcare professionals to accomplish organizational tasks. In a team environment, everyone contributes to the shared goals of the group. Each individual plays an important role.
Why is it important?
In today’s complex workplace, everyone must do their part in order for the team or department to be successful. If one person falls short, the output of the whole team can be compromised. This is especially important within healthcare, as physicians often rely on the work of professionals in other departments in order to effectively complete their responsibilities. Because so much time is spent in a team environment, everyone needs to learn how to cooperate with others not only for their own careers but for the sake of the teams’ performance and the welfare of patients as well.
Give Regular Updates
Active collaboration requires constant communication. Ask for feedback, provide regular status updates, and let people know what you’re working on. We have to get out of our individualistic and self-protective mode of thinking and make our work visible to others. Whether feedback is being given or received, helpful feedback is goal-referenced, tangible and transparent, actionable, user-friendly (specific and personalized), timely, ongoing, and consistent. These updates help individuals feel more connected as a team and facilitate a sense of trust and a shared mission.
Be Accommodating and willing to compromise.
Be easy to get along with. Give others the benefit of the doubt and express your appreciation for their contributions. Commend fellow staff for their successes to let them know you share in and celebrate their accomplishments. Try not to let petty conflicts bother you and never speak poorly of a fellow team member or the team leader; work to resolve conflicts between you and the individual to the best of your ability prior to involving others.
Practice being open minded.
Be open to suggestions and don’t be too attached to your own ideas or your own way of doing things. This is a good chance to practice your listening skills and refrain from giving advice without first asking for suggestions and being open to input. Exchange ideas on a regular basis with other staff. Being open minded means accepting criticism without anger and sending a message that you are receptive towards what your team members have to contribute. When you’re open minded, these positive attitudes often trickle down to other staff members.