Smart and effective employer-employee relationships at work can reduce or eliminate adversarial events in the workplace. The workplace is a co-creation environment between the employer and the employee and not a war zone. High levels of cooperation and collaboration help to improve productivity and short- and long-term benefits to both parties.

When the workplace is toxic and turbulent, work is disrupted, and employers and employees suffer unintended losses.


Therefore, in modern employment relationships, the various stakeholders actively create inclusive policies, processes and systems that ensure periodic engagements and consensus-building. The continuous existence of an organisation and its sustainability are key factors that promote cooperation rather than adversarial relationships. Both parties believe that there is something in it for them through effective collaboration and a peaceful workplace.


Smart organisations proactively address issues of welfare, compensation, and other forms of inclusive practices to assure employee loyalty, commitment, and performance. Employees also believe that teamwork, collaboration, ideas generation and loyalty to the organisations are essential factors.


How do you gauge the climate in your workplace? How often do you conduct employee value propositions to impact your people policy and practice reviews?


How agile, diverse, and inclusive are your people employment, engagement, empowerment and exist practices?


Quick and consistent checks on these can assure a peaceful, high performing and productive workplace.


Collaboration is the name of the game in the 21st century. With synergy, the whole is greater than the parts. With synergy, one plus one becomes three, rather than two.  Many high performing organisations create an environment where constructive conflict and healthy debates are encouraged, as it provides the platform for employees to air their opinions, thoughts, and ideas. The goal of such conflict is collaboration and teamwork rather than the encouragement of destructive behaviours.


When employees all see a single vision, there is a higher tendency that they are tuned to working together to make such vision a reality. Business and HR leaders are to ensure they are deliberate and strategic about fostering an environment that promotes collaboration rather than dissension. The heightened technological advancement, remote work opportunities and greater level of what is at stake have necessitated prioritising the working together concept.


A house divided against itself, they say, cannot stand. Same for a team divided against itself and an organisation. In the game of soccer, individuals do not win trophies; teams do. Hence, the goal must be clear. Each person must not doubt their role in achieving results and have the purposeful knowledge that the goal is more important than their role. This kind of thinking manages the display of our differences in the workplace and our mistakes when they do happen. Like the leadership guru, John Maxwell said, “Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.”


Are you experiencing unnecessary or ‘unsolvable’ conflict within your team? Or you are interested in deepening the collaboration of your team? We can help you. For over 28 years, pcl. have worked with organisations across sectors to deepen the teamwork ability of their team to achieve results. Send an email to today.


Written by:

Joshua Ademuwagun

Head of Advisory, People Transformation

Olawanle Moronkeji

Associate Partner, People Transformation