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The key ingredient to business success? Collaboration

The key ingredient to business success? Collaboration 

Let’s even dig a bit deeper. We’ve gotten to a point in work where we now rely on billions of data points to provide insights into customers, results, and employees which all help to drive a business forward. The sharing of this kind of information across a business is incredibly important and key to success – businesses need to be quick and nimble and able to solve problems quickly. But getting a workplace to be collaborative isn’t always so easy! We’ll take a look at some common challenges businesses face when it comes to collaboration and how a business can make a collaborative work environment successful. 

Getting over the hurdles

Collaboration really is the key today, and every business can get to a point where their employees are working together in the best way for them – across departments and across different provinces or countries. But there are some hurdles to point out (and jump over) here. One of the biggest hurdles that I see is knowing where to start. The best advice I can give here is just starting (but start slow!), and make sure executive leaders are on board. Leaders must be the change agents for collaboration. They have to be willing to show employees that they too will be working the same way and using the same tools. Budget is another issue that often comes up. The common misconception is that you have to boil the ocean and do everything all at once. The best thing that a business can do is to take it slow and introduce things in stages. A business could introduce new technology to the team and then onboard them. After that, it might be about looking at other solutions or rethinking the physical workspace itself. It’s about bite-sized collaboration!

Making collaboration successful

There are a few simple changes that can be made to ensure that collaboration sticks and is successful. The first thing is to think about how you can get employees up out of their cubicles and working together without having to be constantly at their desk. An easy way to overcome this is to provide technology that doesn’t keep them there – laptops and mobile phones are a great solution! If this seems easy enough, I’m glad to hear it! Remember, we’re starting slow. Next, think about the tools and technology that are used in the office. Introducing a simple video conferencing system that works on computers can be inexpensive. Instant messaging platforms like Skype for Business or tools in Google G Suite are also great options. Both will provide a way for employees to better share information and connect and accomplish what they need to, quicker. That’s just the beginning. If you’re looking for more of the advanced stuff, try something that will let your employees work and stay connected no matter where they are and using the technology that’s best for them. 

Collaboration helps a business be more productive, accomplish tasks quicker, and better share information. To get there, start out slow, get leaders to buy-in and, when you’ve come that far, give employees the technology to get the job done. Businesses will have employees working together either face-to-face or via video from across offices in different provinces or countries. And it will improve workplace culture by encouraging the sharing of information in a more natural manner. Every business can get to this point. 

Matthew Leppanen Matthew Leppanen leads product management for Unified Communication and Collaboration solutions at Rogers.

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