3 collaboration trends for 2018


Collaboration is no longer a buzzword: It’s a way of life for most organization around the country. Employers and employees alike are pushing for more collaborative platforms and work processes than ever before. So what trends are forecast for 2018? Here are three areas in which industry experts are predicting a lot of growth over the next year:

1. Remote workers will become regular workers
Working from home isn’t a novel trend that will disappear anytime soon. On the contrary, most industry experts predict that remote workers will become an even more normalized factor of the modern workplace over the next few years. Instead of offices only relying on a few virtual employees, employers may soon be relying on an entirely remote workforce. To maintain productivity and internal collaboration, employees will leverage more team-centered solutions, such as audio and video conferencing tools.

After all, the happiest offices are the ones where employers let their employees work from home occasionally or reach out to the best workers around the world. Innovative, new technology is making it easier than ever before to have meaningful interactions with coworkers, regardless of their physical proximity. In all likelihood, 2018 will demonstrate a further decline of the demand for “in-office” workers.

2. Collaboration-focused management styles
Long gone are the days where employees kept to themselves all day in their small cubicles. Now, offices are promoting collaboration-centered management styles to boost productivity and employee morale levels. From open floor plans to the adoption of collaborative video conferencing tools, there are plenty of ways companies will increase their collaboration efforts over the next year, according to a few industry experts.

3. Rise of real-time, interactive webinars
Forget about boring webinar videos that are just posted to a company’s YouTube channel a few days after they launch. This year will see a rise of real-time, interactive webinars, where audience members can actively participate, as if they were in the crowd. It’s time offices got a little more creative with their webinars!

Don’t let your office fall behind in relation to these 2018 collaboration trends. Increase your office’s spirit of connectedness with a unified communication strategy!

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Beth Toeniskoetter

Beth Toeniskoetter is the director of product and marketing at ReadyTalk, a cloud communications company. She loves to see how ReadyTalk enables their customers to create connection through communication. Prior to joining ReadyTalk in 2011, Beth worked as an account manager for a mobile payments start-up and as a product manager for the prepaid gift card program at First Data. Outside of the office, Beth loves to spend time with family and friends, practice her baking skills, and run.

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