What is Team Collaboration in Maritime Recruitment?

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Sure, work shouldn't be something that consumes your employees’ every waking moment. However, when they are detached, you're often experiencing a negative outcome.

Teamwork is haphazard. Misunderstandings, day-to-day unnecessary commotions, expensive delays—it looks like a stressful day at work.

Employees who are internally oriented result in internally focused departments, which pose severe obstacles to cross-team collaboration. Everybody is out for himself, but at the expense of advancing the company.

Building strong relationships, working with different team members, and resolving issues amicably are essential for building ground-breaking teams and a successful organization.

Employee experience is enhanced by collaboration at work, which leads to more employee engagement, group innovation, and better customer experience.

How can team collaboration be fostered within your organization?

The presence of another app in the digital landscape does not ensure that teams will collaborate. However, the appropriate mix of expectations, tools, and culture may foster collaboration and motivate your workers.


Understanding collaboration

The fuel that powers the modern shipping company is well-organized, effective collaboration.

We depend more on the combined abilities and efforts of many teams and the individual members of those teams as the nature of work continues to become more complicated, specialized, and interconnected.

Taking on a project, process, or idea as a team can provide results superior to those produced alone. It entails brainstorming, creative thinking, bringing special abilities, understanding the broader picture, and achieving a shared objective.

Team members divide responsibilities while exchanging concepts, fresh approaches, or alternative viewpoints in an effort to find better solutions.

Conflict will inevitably arise as different points of view are challenged during team collaboration, and team members must be prepared to handle conflict constructively. However, despite the conflict, employees are unified by a common objective—the mission and vision of their organization.

What are the benefits of having a collaborative team?

One characteristic of successful teams is efficient collaboration.


In addition, it results in higher productivity since efficient teams can finish tasks more quickly and meet deadlines and crew changes, all of which help the company save money.

Higher employee engagement is another advantage of collaboration, as the chance to exchange ideas develops a sense of belonging within the organization and a desire to contribute to the team.

Team members can share goals and tasks while also feeling like they are a part of something bigger. Increasing trust between staff members and managers also benefits the workplace.

Fostering collaboration in the workplace

Collaboration is not something that can be declared overnight and put into effect within a few business days.

But, if you cultivate these values and ideas, you can create a collaborative environment for your team:

  1. Open-mindedness

To effectively collaborate as a team, an environment where employees are eager to voice their opinions and consider those of others is necessary. Every person's distinctive viewpoints must be really valued.

Views sometimes differ in a group of people with different perspectives, and they might clash terribly. Employees must be willing to stand up for their beliefs, accept concessions, and start over.

A flexible mindset, for instance, prevents resentment from taking hold when a project is almost finished, and a group member needs to reconsider their portion of the process. This allows the project to be completed successfully.


2. Establish clear expectations and standards

Group members can participate in collaborative dialogues without being distracted from their jobs when roles and responsibilities are clearly defined.

Of course, instructions from management must be clear, but to foster a welcoming environment, employees' requests for clarification should be appreciated when requested.

3. Accountability

Ambiguity makes it challenging to hold people responsible for their part. Still, when roles, responsibilities, and objectives are established up front, it's simpler to ensure everyone is doing their bit. In addition, a simple reminder of the group's functions can motivate a person to act if they start to fall short of expectations.

The foundation for team collaboration will be shaky in the absence of full responsibility. While errors and misunderstandings can occur, teams that respect and routinely exercise accountability can recover from mistakes quickly.

4. Reward collaboration

Employees get a confusing message when rewards are solely given for individual accomplishments and decide it's easier to work alone rather than make an effort to collaborate.

However, employees are more inclined to collaborate if team-based rewards, including bonuses, recognition, benefits, and development or career prospects, are given on a team basis.

Members of the group have a good reason to come together and hold one another responsible for finishing the work on schedule.

5. Streamline and centralize

Teams may perform almost anything together thanks to the variety of collaboration software solutions available.


Still, frequently, apps are "pasted" together to cover all the different kinds of work and discussions. As a result, the continuous switching between apps and burdensome digital conversation becomes a hardship for the group.

All work, interactions, and data should be housed in a single location, streamlining procedures and alleviating employees of their unproductive gadget overload.

Don't overload your employees with unproductive gadgets and multiple apps. Instead, house your work, interactions, and data in one platform.

For example, picture all the recruitment and chaos in the office when there's an upcoming crew change.

By introducing a platform where everyone involved in the recruitment process can track the status, you're ensuring everyone's on the same page.

That way, there won't be any missing out on all the positions that need to be filled.

To summarize

Collaboration is more than just an activity or a strategy. It's an attitude and way of life.

Communication, listening, negotiating, and developing human connections are all aspects of collaboration. Teams will be able to reach a consensus, recognize one another's efforts, and maintain collaboration if they use these skills.

Effective teamwork and emotional intelligence are related. They have been demonstrated to assist with conflict resolution, fostering trust, and maintaining motivation.


Some people are more emotionally intelligent than others and are inherently better at all these things. However, with experience, collaboration can be enhanced.

Integrating useful technology into your workflow—one that can streamline your processes—is also helpful in cultivating a collaborative environment for your team.

At Martide, we offer solutions to help shipping companies recruit and manage crew, suppliers advertise their services, and seafarers find maritime jobs.

If you're hoping to expand your reach, check out our website to learn more about how we can help you today.

Tricia Tan

Tricia Tan

Former content writer at Martide.