“U.S. team members waste up to 9 work weeks per year trying to collaborate on projects using an average of 4 partial tools” *
These days, most employees have to act as project managers by coordinating and communicating with multiple people on multiple projects. The problem is, most employees are not project managers, and they do not have the time or expertise needed to manage team communication.
Teams in today’s complex and fast moving business environment thrive when they mutually understand when, where, and how to successfully collaborate with each other. With an increasingly mobile workforce and more dispersed teams, employees rely more on technology as a support system, but the way this technology is utilized makes all the difference. It is up to companies to supply, setup, and support employees in their quest for the most successful day to day communication.
Many companies are providing employees with one tool for communicating, planning tasks, and managing resources in order to streamline collaboration and remove the burden employees feel when trying to figure it out on their own. The all-in-one collaboration tool is quickly becoming the go-to solution to the new digital workplace. And here’s why:
Better accessibility and visibility – A survey by PGi found that 79% of knowledge worker respondents had the ability to work remotely at least one day a week. So with remote work on the rise, it is more import than ever for companies to empower employees to work how and where they choose.
A tool that offers a wide variety of features is the most ideal for remote workers because it’s versatile enough to meet their needs, but structured enough so that all communication is centralized. So, each employee is given the freedom to choose how they utilize the tool, yet there is still some control over where all communication is accessed. It’s a win-win situation for managers and employees.
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw
Scalability – It is important to consider how a tool or a process can support a company as it grows. There are many companies who grow so rapidly that the tools they implemented early on can no longer support their new operational demands.
Most all-in-one tools allow companies to easily scale from a startup to a large corporation. They offer the utmost flexibility and versatility for growth.
Save time – IT departments will celebrate with the time they save in technology support and maintenance. They will only have to deploy and ramp up a single tool and dealing with one vendor also reduces the time spent contacting customer support departments.
HR departments can join in on the celebration because one tool means a streamlined and simplified onboarding process as well as a faster learning curve for new employees.
Saving all this valuable time means saving money too!