As companies look for ways to collaborate across departments -in remote or hybrid environments, for example -the term “synergy” has made its way back into the conversation. This time, it’s not used as a derogatory corporate term but to describe a deeply collaborative process which is highly sought-after.

Synergy refers to the notion that a unit is greater than its parts. This positive synergy allows teams to achieve greater results than they would be in their own. It also gives team members the opportunity to be themselves at work by utilizing their unique perspectives, abilities and communication styles.

On the other contrary, negative synergy can drag teams down and cause them to produce subpar results despite each individual’s particular strengths. This is typically due to conflicts and miscommunications which arise over roles, responsibilities, and schedules.

To avoid these issues, it’s important for teams to establish an enduring foundation of trust and collaboration by clearly defining their project’s vision and laying out the roles of each team member in the context of that. The simplest way to accomplish this is to use the process of collaborating on role mapping which is where every team member collaborates together with their peers to establish clear records of who’s responsible for what and when. This eliminates confusion and helps save time, energy, and conflicts for teams. It also makes it easier for managers to assist and coach teams in the event of need.

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