10 top tips to start you on your road to collaboration
Shaping the future of learning
While it’s clear that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for cross-team collaboration between HR and L&D, this report and its findings highlights how critical better organisational alignment is to the success of businesses – whatever form that takes.
Here’s our 10 top tips to start you on the road to collaboration.
1. Plan Plan Plan
Working together won’t just happen by accident – management needs to make a conscious effort to ensure that solutions are fit for use across the whole business and integrate with legacy systems (and if that isn’t possible, plan how to work around it).
2. Consolidate budgets
Whilst it’s important to make sure there are clear lines of responsibility for different types of training, to ensure purchases are efficient and collaborative consider consolidating all of these budgets under the responsibility of one individual or team.
3. Product champions
Managers and leaders are busy people and it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to get involved in every project, so it’s essential to nominate product champions who can drive projects forward.
4. Training for new technology
Implementing new tools and technologies also requires a commitment to the development of people. Training is a vital part of this process and will make a huge impact on the success of change implementation and collaboration.
5. Prove return on investment
Identify your success measures before you start and continue to refer back to them as you move towards shared solutions and collaboration to make sure that you stay on track.
6. Build bridges
Good relationships are fundamental to improving collaboration and implementing shared solutions. As an organisation try to foster these relationships.
7. Reassess your structure
This isn’t an easy one, but if you’re serious about collaboration then consider reassessing your organisational structure to generate efficiencies and improve oversight of L&D in your organisation.
8. Shout about the good stuff
Rather than hoping that the rest of the business will share your vision and fully understand the benefits that increased collaboration will bring, showcase great examples of when it has worked for the benefit of the organisation and what those benefits were.
9. One size does not fit all
Before setting out on the road to shared solutions, make sure you do your homework and conduct a fresh training needs analysis. What was suitable for your organisation two years ago may no longer be fit for purpose.
10. Lead by example
Leaders and managers are integral to creating a culture of collaboration in any business. And, while supporting its implementation is a good start, the key to organisational transformation is to lead by example.
If you would like to find out more about collaboration within learning and development, download our report, Bridging the L&D divide.