It’s no secret that more and more businesses are allowing employees to work remotely, both as a work perk and as an incentive for productivity. As millennials take up more of workforce, in fact, this option will become more commonplace and expected in the work environment. Can your business support that change?
When people think of collaboration, they often think of big meeting rooms where teams are gathering to discuss ideas or solve a problem. Those meeting rooms, however, are now virtual a lot of the time, and businesses need to make sure they can accommodate collaboration wherever their employees are and whenever their employees want. That’s where tools like audio and video conferencing software, internal social networks and mind mapping solutions become imperative to a successful work environment.
While collaboration tools require an investment, this investment has a proven return. Here are a few reasons your business should have a collaboration tool budget:
1. Remote workers are less stressed and more engaged, which increases productivity and work output.
In fact, according to a Dell and Intel Evolving Workplace Study, 52% of people believe that employees working from home are just as productive or more productive than in the office. However, they need collaboration tools to stay connected without workers so they can do their jobs.
2. Collaboration tools can help the whole company communicate better.
Do you have a problem with effective meetings? Are employees not getting the answers they need in a timely fashion? Does your company have a communication problem?
While traditional tools like emails and meetings can be helpful, it’s also been proven that people haven’t used them as effectively as they could either. Collaboration tools could help your company as a whole communicate better, providing better results.
3. It prevents your company from becoming siloed.
We see it everyday with large enterprise companies. Sales doesn’t talk to marketing who doesn’t talk to HR who doesn’t to IT, and so on. Silos prevent your company from scaling as a whole, as well as creates interdepartmental problems that require effective communication. By investing in collaboration tools, your company can prevent these issues and encourage communication across teams and departments.
Your business needs to invest in collaboration so it can realize it’s true potential. As the old adage goes, “Two heads are better than one.” In this case, if all of your employees can collaborate across different departments and teams whenever and wherever they want, don’t you have a better shot at company-wide success?