In a modern workplace, no employee is an island. Collaboration and teamwork are key tenets for any successful business and company culture. The problem is that many businesses aren’t making this a priority in how they organize and conduct their company.
According to a survey by Clear Company:
- 39% of employees believe that people in their own organization don’t collaborate enough
- Around 75% of employers rate teamwork and collaboration as “very important”
- 97% of employees and executives surveyed believe that lack of alignment within a team directly impacts the outcome of a task or project
- 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures
Collaboration can help an individual project succeed, and a culture of collaboration can make an entire company succeed. Luckily, new technologies are making modern teamwork even easier. In particular, these three technologies will help foster a culture that prioritizes collaboration.
Enterprise Social Networks
Enterprise social networks aren’t your standard Facebook or Twitter; they are a new wave of social corporate intranets that put employees — not just executives — front and center. These ESNs open the lines of communication among employees, allowing them to assist each other with their jobs and showcase that teamwork is important to company culture. No longer are the tutorials and expert info created just by management; every employee can help each other with contributions through wikis, tips, and message boards.
Job help isn’t the only reason employees should be connected to each other. In addition to hosting in-person social events like barbecues and holiday parties, managers can boost employee bonding by digital means in social forums on these ESNs, such as book clubs and recipe sharing.
Multifunctional Video Conferencing
As modern companies stretch across the globe and freelance or remote employees become more common, putting in face time in the office becomes even more important for teams. But Skype and FaceTime aren’t built for corporate life. Rather, new technologies like Speak, BlueJeans, and others join company workflow and management platforms with video calling to create seamless meetings no matter where the participants are located.
Project Management Platforms
Email is often the go-to collaboration medium among employees, but email doesn’t have many of the capabilities new cloud-based technologies have. Email makes it hard to see project changes at a glance; instead you have to sort through an entire chain of back and forth. Plus, it doesn’t offer the same technologies for collaboration on a project, like a Word doc or a slide deck — especially with the influx of mobile. Instead, technologies like AtTask can smooth out the wrinkles in collaboration and ensure colleagues are on the same page with their team task.