The most productive teams at the company have figured out that collaboration's crucial to getting things done. In fact, it's become so obvious to people across the company, that it's actually become an unwritten social code.
An article on Redbooth talks about the fact that leaders of all levels at Google agree that an open-door policy gives everyone the opportunity to have their ideas heard.
It would be easy to dismiss this as something that's only possible if your company's executives are on board. But this is something you can also implement for yourself. If you know you have a tendency to throw a pair of headphones on to block everyone out, or eat lunch at your desk, or keep your head facedown in your computer during meetings, take a break from those habits (every once in a while) and open yourself up to hearing your colleagues' ideas — or at least making eye contact.
(Of course, be careful not to derail your productivity by making yourself too available.)
There's a running trend through all of these things Googlers do "better" than anyone else — and it's that these things are fairly easy for you to pull off, no matter where you work. There's nothing stopping you from being more open to collaboration, budgeting your time more effectively, or avoiding burnout.
You're not excluded from doing these things just because you don't work for the one of the most recognized tech giants on Earth. All these habits take is a little bit of effort to pull off.
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This article originally appeared on The Muse.