As companies look for ways to collaborate across departments -in remote or hybrid environments, for instance- the buzzword «synergy» has returned to the conversation. This time, it’s not being employed as a term to denote a negative corporate attitude but rather to refer to a deep collaboration process that is still highly sought after.

Synergy is the notion that the whole is greater than its parts. The positive synergy that arises from this is what enables teams to achieve more than they could do on their own. it also gives a chance for team members to express their full self at work, bringing their own unique experiences perspective, skills, and communication styles.

Negative synergy, on contrary, can bring down teams and lead to subpar deliverables despite each person’s individual competency. This is usually due to miscommunications and conflicts which arise over roles, responsibilities and schedules.

To avoid this kind of situation, it’s vital for teams to establish the foundation of trust and cooperation by clearly defining their project’s vision and defining every team member’s part in the project. The simplest way to accomplish this is to use the process of collaborating on role mapping in which every team member collaborates with their team members to establish a clear and concise record of who is responsible for what and when. This can reduce confusion and save time, energy, and conflicts for teams. It makes it easier for managers, when needed they can take over and coach.