How to Create Synergy in the Workplace

Create synergy with open workspaces.
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Synergy is a buzzword that managers and HR pros like to bandy around; sometimes they get it and sometimes they really don’t have a clue. In short, synergy happens in the workplace when two or more people working together produce a better outcome than if they did it alone. It is not a touchy-feely concept, but instead is a practical approach to getting results – and it’s not all that difficult to create.

Step 1

Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your team. Evaluate your employees to uncover their interpersonal skills. Look for leadership qualities and the ability to follow directions. Check out who’s quiet and diligent and who communicates with exuberance and energy.

Step 2

Coordinate your teams so they complement each other, instead of placing people with similar attributes together. You’ll have difficulty developing synergy, for example, if you put a bunch of leaders on one project – there’ll be no one left to do the grunt work.

Step 3

Switch up your floor plan to create more open spaces so team members can easily collaborate without having to call a meeting. When employees can lean over and talk with coworkers or quickly take a poll before making a big decision, you increase the likelihood that they’ll work together more. Isolation in separate offices with doors is antithetical to synergy.

Step 4

Set goals for your company that everyone can get behind. Synergy is much more likely to occur when everyone is aiming for the same goal. People find ways to overcome their differences when they have a common objective. At the same time, you’ve got to make sure that everyone will be rewarded for their efforts, whether it’s bonuses or increased hours, the goal should have something in it for everyone to push them into that synergetic mode.

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