How to Collaborate with Coworkers of Different Opinions

Sometimes opinions and beliefs clash—which can be especially awkward and challenging when those people are your coworkers, whom you collaborate with on big business projects. Here are a few ways to get over difference in opinions and pursue full and courteous collaborations with your coworkers.

Be Attentive, Open-Minded, and an Excellent Listener

Be attentive goes beyond simply listening to what someone says. Ask questions, keep an open mind, and really listen, actively, to the thoughts and opinions of others. Since you are collaborating with coworkers, the opinions are probably work-related—so, keep in mind that those opinions are nothing personal.

Throw in Your Own Creative Ideas

You should expect your fellow coworkers to be open minded and attentive as well during your collaborations. So, don’t be afraid to throw your own creative ideas around. Use your imagination and voice to add value and substance to a collaborative project. If it makes it easier for you to collaborate from a distance, record your ideas with Olympus dictation equipment before you present them to your partners.

Collaborate on Others’ Ideas by Adding New Elements to a Suggestion

Work-wise, project collaboration would be when every coworker worked on the same concept together. Ergo, when one of your group makes a suggestion, you and your coworkers should strive to build on that suggestion with your own creative elements. Toss ideas around, brainstorm into the wee hours, and really think about how a single train of collaborative thought could help you all develop a bigger, better business.

Never, Ever Argue, Insult, or Upset

If there is someone at work that you clash with, then you might try to avoid working with them altogether. However, if a project demands both of you to collaborate, then keep your tone courteous, your ideas creative, and your mood light. Never, ever go into a coworker collaboration with the intent to argue, insult, or upset anyone, regardless of whether you get along with them or not. It could cost you a good job.

Know When to Walk Away

Some people are simply incompatible with no ways around their differences. If this is the case for you and your collaborative coworkers, you should know when to walk away from a project. Sure, you might take a write-up from the boss, but sometimes the best thing to do is to acknowledge incompatibilities and remove yourself from those situations.

You never know when collaborating with your coworkers could lead you to new friends that are supportive, like-minded, and mesh well with your creative flow. So, keep an open mind, and go into a new project with a positive outlook on the good things that could happen for you and your business.