Pro Way DevelopmentFebruary 2015


Usain Bolt may be the faster sprinter on the planet but would he make a good player on a football or soccer team? Does your company have individual performers who fail to work well in teams? Team work requires collaboration and a company's success is measured on how well it does and not on its individual's abilities.


Get more out of your workplace through collaboration. Collaboration is defined as "to work, one with another" however; at many companies there is internal conflict and structural issues that prevent teams from collaborating effectively. Organizations that encourage employees to foster strong bonds and create successful collaborations will flourish.

   Today's Workplace Requires Collaboration


In a 2013 survey of more than 23,000 employees by CEB, two thirds of employees said that their work over the past three years required increased collaboration. Collaboration is the key to innovation. This same survey found that three quarters of employees want to collaborate but are impeded by the way their organization is set up to run.

  Encourage Workplace Collaboration

Workplace collaboration needs to start at the top of the organization with a leadership team that believes in a culture of trust, respect, and tolerance of varied opinions. In addition performance management systems than reward collaboration and teamwork will encourage employees to collaborate. You really need a group that is willing to help one another. 

  Tips on Building a Collaborative Workplace 
  • Ensure that senior leadership models collaborative behavior in how they work together. Employees will look to them to set an example and perceived behavior of senior executives' plays a significant role in determining how cooperative teams are.
  • Choose the right people. Create a team with diverse but complementary skill sets.
  • Consider the size of the team working together. As the team gets larger the more likely communication is to break down.
  • Invest in office space that fosters collaboration such as open floor plans. For example, a Harvard Business Review article gave an example of the Royal Bank of Scotland's CEO who invested 350 million pounds to open a new headquarters built around an atrium that let his 3000 employee rub shoulders daily.

 Creating a Collaborative Culture


Pro Way Development works with your organization to create a culture where employees contribute as a collaborative team. We provide team building engagements to help foster success. 


In addition to team building, clear communication is critical to successful collaboration and we offer training and 1-1 coaching on how to increase communication in and among your team and with customers.


Clear job descriptions are critical to help individuals on teams work collaboratively. We help you write and refine job descriptions so employees have a clear understanding of the objectives of their job. 

We also provide cost-effective programs on a variety of soft skills training and coaching so that you, your team and your organization have the ability to reach your goals.




Laura Jacob


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 Pro Way Development


Pro Way Development is your source for employee training, executive coaching and meeting management.


Our services include:

  • Training to increase employee skills
  • Consulting services to manage employee relations issues
  • Meeting facilitation services so you can focus on your content
  • HR advice to motivate the right behaviors for profit and growth.  

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About Laura Jacob


Laura works with companies to ensure that their business plan includes a plan give employees and leaders the skills to communicate, manage and lead the organization to drive business growth.  



In addition to holding degrees in Psychology and Industrial Relations, Laura is certified as a Professional in Human Resources and a 6 Sigma Greenbelt. 

She is a requested speaker on time management, management fundamentals and working across generations.

Laura's teaching and facilitation style is highly interactive and ensures engagement of participants and the transmission of learning. Participants describe her as "keeps things fun, interesting, stays on task and is very learned and knowledgeable about the subject matter," and "able to engage even those hesitant to participate." 


She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Bridgeport and Manhattanville colleges where she teaches adult undergraduates and graduates on a variety of management topics. 
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