The Number 1 Driver to Effectively Collaborate In Business

Serious multiracial corporate business team and black leader talk during group briefing, focused diverse colleagues brainstorm discuss report paperwork engaged in teamwork at meeting gather at table

Organizational awareness is the number one driver to collaborate in business effectively.

Collaboration is the key to success in any business, group, or government entity and can take many forms, from brainstorming sessions to joint projects and partnerships. The benefits of collaboration include increased productivity, enhanced creativity, improved problem-solving skills, and better decision-making.

This blog post will delve into organizational awareness, the number one driver for effective collaboration in your business. We will explore:

  • What collaboration is
  • Its benefits for employee engagement
  • The importance of organizational awareness in collaboration


We also provide 12 ideas to boost your team’s collaboration mindset.

By the end of this post, you’ll clearly understand how collaboration can positively impact your business and foster an environment that encourages it.

Organizational Awareness, its Impact on Effective Collaboration, and Engagement

Why it Matters: Effective teamwork is critical for businesses to thrive, and team collaboration is the best way to achieve it. However, it only happens when individuals understand the composition of the organization.

Team members gain valuable insights they would not have had otherwise, leading to diverse skill sets within groups, a sense of community, and shared purpose among individual team members.

Tools that sync all collaborators on the same page in real-time include bio expanders such as Delve, segmented group channels like Teams, as well as intranets, internal newsletters, and podcasts.

Successful collaboration leads to:

  • Increased morale
  • Job satisfaction
  • Employee retention
  • Higher productivity levels

These outcomes benefit both employees and businesses.

Driving Innovation and Problem-Solving

Why it matters: When people understand what different departments do, the drivers of success, and the key stakeholders, they can build project teams more efficiently and effectively. Those teams work toward a common purpose, leading to a collaborative work environment where cross-functional action thrives.

Team members can collaborate seamlessly using tools like those mentioned above to ensure direct communication between collaborators. Successful team collaboration is based on creating strong relationships among members with different skill sets and backgrounds.

Fostering Inclusivity and Building Community

Building community among team members helps to break down silos within a company, leading to more efficient communication, deeper relationship development, and stronger organizational awareness. Consequently, this reduces process time, allows for peer-to-peer development, and helps individuals learn who the stakeholders are within different parts of the organization.


The Importance of Organizational Awareness in Collaboration

Organizational awareness, or structural awareness, within the organization, is critical to successful processes and workflows. Moreover, when team members understand the drivers of success and the key personnel within other departments, they can plan accordingly and collaborate effectively.

Why it Matters: Understanding the gates of responsibility from one department to another is an enormous time saver. This allows people to plan large projects accurately, offer support and assistance, and seek answers to their questions.

The Way you Create and Memorialize Organizational Awareness Matters

Why it Matters: Using a ‘single source of truth’ , staff members can learn about teammates, resource availability, policies, forms, and capacity in one place. Intranets are a robust information hub.

Whichever tool you choose to use, be sure to include the following:

  • A staff roster with contact information
  • Department listing with a clear description of the functions performed
  • Key leadership with bios and how to contact them (via their assistant or directly)
  • The annual and/or quarterly goals for the organization
  • Mission, Vision & Values of the organization
  • Emergency contact numbers and workflow for various situations
  • Any planned IT outages or migrations and whom to contact
  • Users Guide for how to utilize your single source of truth to its fullest

Keep in Mind: Creating this environment and training people to use it will require time. However, if you are consistent and share your expectations, people will build ‘muscle memory’ and use this tool to answer their questions.

People are Better Together

Collaborators achieve more when they work toward a shared purpose. And efficient problem-solving helps fuel growth by breaking down silos.

Efficiency in Problem-Solving

Collaborating on a shared project is the best way to solve problems efficiently.

Effective collaboration involves communication, cooperation, and coordination among team members. Furthermore, bringing individual perspectives and valuable insights together toward a common purpose is a great way to overcome roadblocks successfully.

Fuel Growth and Understanding to Increase Morale

Why it Matters: Understanding what your peers do and how they do it is the best way to fuel growth and understanding. That alone is an excellent argument for prioritizing organizational awareness.

Effective collaboration requires a clear understanding of the environment, and respect for others.

Build Trust to Boost Retention

Establish strong relationships and foster community among team members for team building and business building. Relationship development stems from knowing the organization’s inner workings and is vital in overcoming roadblocks in a workflow.

Empower Employees to Share Ideas

Encouraging team members to collaborate by empowering them to share ideas is one of the most effective ways to ensure successful collaboration.

Why it Matters: When individual team members feel valued and invested in the collaborative effort, they become more engaged in their work.

Additionally, defining goals and responsibilities for each collaborator can help avoid silos and roadblocks among different teams. And fostering a sense of community among collaborators leads to better outcomes and shared success.


12 Ways to Boost Team Collaboration & Organizational Awareness

  • Encourage direct communication among different teams
  • Utilize collaborative tools can help create a sense of community in a workspace
  • Celebrate shared successes while recognizing the contributions of individual team members
  • Set clear roles and objectives from the beginning to ensure everyone is on the same page
  • Cultivate an environment of trust and respect to promote cross-functional collaboration and productive problem-solving.
  • Foster collaboration as a value
  • Invite co-creation
  • Encourage open communication
  • Build time for team bonding
  • Reinforce employee value alignment.
  • Highlight successful teamwork
  • Offer mentorship opportunities


Organizational Awareness is the Key for Teams that Effectively Collaborate

To effectively collaborate, it’s essential to have organizational awareness. This means ensuring that team members understand the organization’s goals and objectives.

Why it Matters: Encouraging open communication and developing a shared understanding of roles will help avoid misunderstandings and ensure accountability as well as break down silos and promote innovation.

Celebrating successes and learning from failures together creates a sense of community among individual team members.


Frequently Asked Questions

How can my staff truly understand what success looks like for other departments and key collaborative stakeholders?

It’s crucial for staff to clearly understand the goals and expectations of other departments and stakeholders to work collaboratively. Building a single source of truth is the best way to maintain consistent information across the organization. Also, regular communication, meetings, cross-training, and celebrating successes can build a culture of teamwork.

Should I bother to feature individuals, teams, or departments on a single-source-of-truth platform?

Yes. Effective collaboration in business requires a single-source-of-truth platform such as SharePoint, where all teams have access to the same data and information. By doing this, you will ensure that people have access to information about their teammates that they can use for current projects or review in historical files. Implementing these types of platforms can streamline communication and improve productivity across departments.

What if my organizational roster is not up to date?

Maintaining an up-to-date organizational roster is crucial for accountability and communication. This ensures quick access to all members and prevents miscommunication or confusion, making it easier to delegate tasks and responsibilities. Regular updates are necessary to keep the roster accurate and relevant.

What tools should I use tools for easy staff member research?

Delve is a valuable tool for businesses to collaborate and share information within their organization. It allows users to share more biographic details, which can feature past experiences, areas of personal interest, or specialty skills that can be helpful during collaboration research.


When teams effectively collaborate, it is the very foundation for a successful business. It enables teams to work together towards a common goal, share unique perspectives and experiences, and fuel growth and innovation. Organizational awareness is key to creating an effective collaboration that yields measurable positive results.


Contact us today at 202.415.6987 or if you want to enhance collaboration and engagement. Together, we can create an environment that drives success through effective communication.

Follow Lizabeth on LinkedIn and subscribe to her newsletter, or subscribe to the L-12 Services Corp. YouTube channel for videos, tips and more!

About Lizabeth Wesely-Casella

Lizabeth Wesely-Casella is a skilled strategic advisor specializing in attrition mitigation, workflow management, process improvement, and culture.With over 20 years of experience as an administrator and policy and programming consultant, her work has contributed to successful project outcomes in federal health policy, international program development, for-profit, and non-profit/association management.

Leave a Comment