As Ben Franklin said, “Today is yesterday’s pupil.” As we gear up for Summer, it’s natural to get excited about all the benefits collaboration can offer employees spending less time in the office. Many people will be taking advantage of the Summer period to change up their working hours and be more flexible about the 9 to 5. But not so fast. Before getting into summer mode, it is worth taking a little time to reflect on the year so far. Among each achievement and setback is a valuable collaboration lesson waiting to be learned.
Which solutions/platforms are working? Which aren’t?
Do you know which collaboration tools in your company are being used the most? Which are being used the least? Can you identify the products or services that aren’t earning their keep, and ask yourself what you can do to make them successful?
Are you Collaboration Ready?
Summer is the perfect time “take the temperature” of your technology suite. Check all servers, networks, workstations, and software to ensure optimal performance and security, and to make sure everything is up-to-date. If you haven’t updated your meeting rooms with efficient communication equipment, now’s the time.
Is your team changing?
Advances in cloud, mobile and social technologies have forever transformed the way in which we work. And it’s not only because of the changing technological landscape. It’s about shifting employee behaviors and work-flows, about increased flexibility and productivity. It’s about urgency and relevancy.
Today, sharing and collaborating are strategies for getting ahead. People expect be able to access, share and discover information in real time to move things forward. Because of this, collaboration has become central to productivity. People may not always be in the same room when they collaborate with one another, but that doesn’t mean they can’t contribute virtually, working as a team towards a common goal.
By answering these (and similar) questions thoroughly and honestly, you’ll be well on your way to achieving a more efficient and collaborative Summer.