Improving the ability to share talents and encouraging teamwork increases employee satisfaction. Collaboration between colleagues creates strong relationships and improves productivity and loyalty to the company.
Motivational speeches? Team-building events? Bonus related KPI’s for those who share? They might work but wear off quickly. And they are expensive for the company with no measurable results.
Imagine you have implemented a collaborative platform allowing all employees and partners not only to seek help or advice but also to provide their skills, competencies and experience to others. What is more fulfilling than helping others and be recognized for it? What is more satisfying, professionally, then to be recognized as an expert?
Now imagine you reached this new way of working without having imposed anything to anybody. As an expert you only help your colleague when you have time or feel like it. As an answer seeker you ask for help ‘to the cloud’, only requesting the skill required to solve your problem and the timing in which you would like it done. You will be surprised that in 96% of the cases an answer, a suggestion for training or a second thought is offered within minutes.
John, a banker in Antwerp, receives an invoice from a Chinese supplier. Most of the text is in English but somewhere on the invoice there are some Chinese signs. John copy/pastes them in Google-translate but nothing usable comes out of this. Rather than losing more time John posts the invoice on the SkillDeal platform and 4 minutes later receives an answer from Fen, born in Beijing, working for the same bank as John but in the Brussels office. Fen translates the few words and John approves the invoice. John and Fen, who did not know each other, met in person at a company day a couple of months later. This is a true life example.
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