The mystery is an excellent ingredient in film and literature, but certainly not in the business field.
No company wants employees who are unable to team up and are closed, yet the “jealousy” of personal knowledge – perhaps fueled by the fear that someone might steal our ideas or challenge them – it’s a die-hard habit.
A big problem that infects work contexts: places where information sharing is the fertilizer of ideas, which allows them to sprout faster and with better results. And where knowledge should not be seen as a private asset, but rather as a heritage to be shared with colleagues and collaborators.
At the risk of team breakdown, loss of commitment and poor productivity.
Don’t believe it? So think about the feeling of being excluded from a job discussion or the annoyance of not being properly updated on a project: it is likely that you will gradually lose confidence in yourself or, worse, interest in your company’s initiatives.
Interpersonal tensions will be created, it will be more difficult to collaborate efficiently and there will be a tendency to distrust new ideas. But above all, will put the brake on professional growth.
Overcoming bad habits, however, is far from impossible, once you understand the advantages of sharing information and clarify its pillars. Let’s see them one by one.
Common sense, first of all
Circulating knowledge doesn’t mean throwing it to anyone, because you can choose what to share and with whom depending on the needs, the degree of trust we have towards people and the objectives of a project. How to do it? Today there is an embarrassment of choice between software and IT platforms that allow you to collaborate remotely, communicate and create shared projects between specific contacts.
Awareness means motivation
Involving your collaborators means creating awareness. A professional who is aware of his or her role and what others expect of him and always aligned with the pros and cons of a project will tend to achieve better results. Making himself, his superiors and clients happy.
Exit the dead ends
Why get stuck when the turning point is close at hand? If a project runs into an obstacle, sometimes the solution is simpler than expected: ask others . Putting multiple brains to work on the same task is an effective way to quickly find answers to questions that would otherwise remain suspended, waiting for a flicker from the owner.
Press the “refresh”
Sharing information within the workgroup helps the team to always stay up to date and perform. It is not with notional “binges”, in fact, that one can keep an open mind. Better to focus on training and continuous sharing of knowledge, taking advantage of the different skills of the team members. Training and onboarding share one characteristic: those who are more experienced can temporarily take the chair or, even better, act as a mentor.
Don’t waste your assets
Sharing knowledge allows a company to pass, from resource to resource, its most strategic asset: knowledge. Whether it is intellectual property, contacts, best practices, experience or theory, the tools and methods of knowledge management help to preserve its value over time and pass it on to the new generation.
The work environment in which knowledge and skills circulate freely encourages motivation and team spirit, reduces onboarding and training times, keeps the mind awake and, above all, upsets projects.