Businesses that still use “end-of-life” communications solutions—solutions that are no longer heavily marketed or supported by vendors today (think fax)—are unfortunately set to hit a major bump in the road on their way to organizational efficiency, productivity and profitability. Why? Millennials entering the workplace are completely disrupting and redefining the enterprise communications and collaboration landscape.
We’re amidst an exciting time in the world of enterprise collaboration. Specifically, chief decision makers are deepening their understanding of collaboration as less of a technology buzzword and more as an addition to their arsenal of tools for establishing lasting organizational change—from changing culture to improving employee satisfaction and health.
Finally Doing Away With the ‘I Don’t Knows’ and ‘Not Nows’ in the Workplace
There seems to be a case of the “I don’t knows” within the modern day workplace, and it’s a fast-spreading, contagious disease. Without the right tools and technologies, it’s not uncommon for employees to pass off responsibilities or duties to one another simply by shrugging them off their own shoulders. When following up on a task, project or other deadline-driven initiative, for example, unprepared workers can resort to the fact that either the present is not a good time for a follow-up, or they simply don’t have an answer.
No company can remain efficient nor profitable without the ability to seamlessly communicate and collaborate. The level of efficiency and profitability a company experiences, however, depends on the technology it has implemented in order to do so. Below are three communication technologies and practices that could be slowing your team down and wasting vital work hours:
Employers have a more difficult time keeping a fire lit under their teams during the sunny days of summer. In employees’ eyes, the season offers up prime conditions for taking advantage of paid time off to travel or just relax in vacation mode. Many companies even support summer enjoyment by decreasing Friday work hours.
In the world of enterprise collaboration, employers should be keeping a close eye on hiring and nurturing employees who are characterized as being creative thinkers. There are common traits that these highly creative people embody in comparison to others who may be a bit more technical. In a recent article covering the subject, the Huffington Post described these creative types as being hyper-observational and people who seek experiences and ask questions in order to see the big picture, for example.
Every employer should be striving to keep his or her employees happy in order to maintain a positive company culture, increase retention and boost long-term profit. According to a recent study conducted by Virgin Pulse, your best means for doing so involves striking a solid work and home life balance—or providing flexible working arrangements—and fostering positive and collaborative relationships between workers and managers.
With research showing that as of last year 20 percent of the global workforce—made up of 4.6 billion people—now telecommute, it’s clear that remote working is no longer a trend.
With budgets being continually tightened and employees being asked to juggle more responsibilities, the 21st century workplace can appear to be a bustling, supremely productive environment. In actuality, however, many teams only appear to be getting a lot of work done. With so much to do in so little time, employees can become trapped in a static, routine schedule that is more productivity-hindering than helpful. Worst of all, many aren’t even aware that they are caught in this time-sucking cycle.
Happy Halloween! Beware of These Tales of Business Collaboration Gone Awry
Few things could give business leaders a bigger fright than poor enterprise collaboration because a company’s bottom line can be directly impacted by inefficient business processes and reduced workforce productivity. In fact, research shows that 90 percent of corporate spending on collaborative technologies for 2015 will either match or exceed 2014 levels in an effort to avoid these negative impacts.
Can your business profit by operating less than five days a week? This has proven to be the case in several test situations, including online school company Treehouse and the state of Utah. Now with warm weather ahead of us and the concept of “summer Fridays” in effect—where employees work longer days Monday through Thursday and get to leave early every Friday—perhaps your organization can be one of the next to realize the inherent benefits of a shortened workweek.
Are you already envisioning a more streamlined workforce? Not so fast. If your collaboration strategy isn’t implemented correctly, this can include 10-hour days with no time to “waste” during those precious in-office hours. Also keep in mind that the four day workweek is not an ideal fit for every organization, especially those that need to provide client support every business day as well as outside the office.
Last month, analysts, CIOs and other IT executives gathered at Gartner’s Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit to offer advice for business owners struggling to create a more enriched and collaborative workforce. If even the concept of collaboration seems fraught with peril to you, read on for some expert guidance delivered by speakers at the event:
What do you get if you combine a leading provider of cloud-enabled communication and collaboration solutions with a leading provider of unified business communications and networking services?
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your employees working from home? Do you envision them sitting on the couch eating cereal and playing Candy Crush Saga on your dime? If so, you might want to revisit what telecommuting really means and why a successful telecommuting program could make your business’ future even brighter.
Today, telecommuting represents one of the most popular ways of enhancing productivity and employee satisfaction. Therefore, don’t get tripped up by these common telecommuting falsities:
Spring is more than just a season for warm weather and outdoor activities. It is also, for example, wedding season and the beginning of Major League Baseball (MLB) season. Another great thing about spring—especially for employers—is that it represents hiring season.
With projects rolling over from the previous year and new objectives in sight, major hiring initiatives tend to be put off until a few months into the New Year right before companies gear up for summer. As the first quarter begins to wrap up, a new wave of employees starts to make more sense (especially with the year’s freshest batch of college graduates entering the working world).