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Fostering Collaboration and Reducing Stress: Five Strategies for Building Strong Team Dynamics in Distributed Work Environments


The “State of the Global Workplace: 2023 Report” by Gallup delves into the critical relationship between employee engagement and the work environment. It underscores that engaged employees experience lower stress levels, fostering trust, innovation, and process improvement.

To encourage collaboration and mitigate burnout, associations can adopt the following five strategies suggested by the ASAE.

Developing organizational awareness is crucial for any association. One way to achieve this is by utilizing platforms like SharePoint or Knowledge Architecture to create dedicated portals for each department or community. These portals offer comprehensive insights into their work, projects, success metrics, and key contacts, which facilitates streamlined communication and collaboration.

Another way to promote professional development and training is by creating a centralized location on the intranet for learning opportunities. Providing access to resources such as LinkedIn Learning can help foster a well-trained workforce that is more likely to engage in collaborative efforts and enhance employees’ capabilities.

To build a collaborative work culture, it is important to promote participation in training and professional development, cross-train individuals within workflows, and encourage teams to collaborate on small tasks. Leadership plays a crucial role in modeling collaborative behavior and influencing staff to follow suit.

Engaging in work sprints can recreate informal office interactions in a virtual setting, breaking down silos and fostering collaboration. It is important to establish clear guidelines for these activities and emphasize their purpose as virtual workspaces to maintain a balance between productivity and connection.

Finally, it is crucial to establish an effective internal communications strategy. Knowing the communication preferences of the staff helps in creating a communication policy that defines the suitable channels, style, organization, and commitments related to communication. This ensures smooth communication and collaboration within the organization.

Implementing these practices not only promotes engagement but also enhances productivity, reduces bottlenecks, and creates an environment where employees are incentivized to work together effectively.

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