Collaboration

HOW TO FOSTER ENGAGEMENT FROM INTROVERTS IN YOUR WORKPLACE

Introverts are often observant and insightful, but extroverts tend to shine more radiantly because of their tendency to engage directly with people. If you’re chairing a meeting or involved in an intense team discussion, you’re more likely to hear from extroverts, who talk easily and gregariously. Introverts, who are quiet and tend to feel uncomfortable in large groups, may shrink from comment [...]

2018-01-15T00:03:06+00:00

WORKING REMOTELY: THE CURRENT SCORECARD

Remote work has become more and more common in U.S. businesses. Currently, 25% of all U.S. employees work remotely, and it is routinely cited as a perk more employees would like, at least some of the time. Recently, however, IBM moved to decrease its remote workforce. The announcement applied to its nearly 3,000-member marketing department, who were told to re-deploy to [...]

2017-12-09T01:55:10+00:00

COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES THAT WORK IN A DIGITAL WORKPLACE

Effectively communicating in the office is more than just firing off a few emails or picking up the telephone. There's a degree of strategy that needs to accompany communication in the workplace. It's about intently listening to others while engaging with them on a level that allows everyone to relate. It's also about being direct and clear about the message being [...]

2018-01-29T05:42:11+00:00

ARE MEETINGS WORTH IT?

Are meetings where ideas go to die? If your meetings have let you down, you're not alone. Employees often resent meetings: a study by the American Psychological Association showed that people "who tend to be highly task and goal oriented were most negatively affected by meetings." It is true that sometimes we need to meet: not all decisions are easy to [...]

2017-12-09T02:51:19+00:00

HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT PERCEIVED AS HAVING FAVORITES ON A TEAM

Managers need to be perceived as not having favorites in the workplace. It’s a key part of business leadership. If your methods are viewed as favoritism, that perception can erode morale and trust on your team and negatively impact productivity.Of course, the more crucial part is not having favorites among your team. Frankly, that can be difficult to pull off entirely. Whether it’s [...]

2017-12-09T03:15:48+00:00

FINDING THE RIGHT TIME TRACKING SOFTWARE FOR YOUR VIRTUAL TEAM

You’ve stacked your virtual team with competent, reliable individuals. You’ve designed your team’s core values. The machine has been built, now how do we get it to start churning? Equipping your team with the proper technology and collaborative platforms could make or break your virtual team. Slow or distracting systems mean workflow and productivity will suffer. At the same time, [...]

2017-12-09T03:26:36+00:00

STOP GIVING COLLABORATION A BAD RAP

A growing number of articles are addressing the downsides of today’s culture of collaboration. Common symptoms are unproductive meetings and individual work groups driving a proliferation of apps as some of the main causes of the “collaboration overload.” Knowledge workers are being hit especially hard. A recent piece from the Harvard Business Review proposes that this phenomenon, making collaboration [...]

2017-12-09T14:08:08+00:00

HOW WEARABLE DEVICES AIM TO BRING HUMAN CONNECTION TO REMOTE WORK TEAMS

CEOs, company managers, and directors can often feel they’ve lost control or insight into their employees work habits and preferences. If the company is instituting new policies or trying out new company culture-building techniques but cannot see the real-time advantages of these investments, it could be a waste of time and money. To make up for the human contact [...]

2017-12-09T15:48:11+00:00

COLLABORATION TRENDS AND THE FUTURE OF THE DIGITAL WORKPLACE

Collaboration is good business. Wired quotes a study by Aberdeen Next-Generation Communications observing that companies who prioritize collaboration increased their performance substantially over companies that did not. Moreover, Wired argues that collaboration, in addition to being a good team performance strategy, makes good practices visible, further driving performance. It is, therefore, an optimal business strategy. Trends in Collaboration So collaboration as a method [...]

2017-12-09T16:07:42+00:00

SECRETS TO SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION

“At the core of most successful organizations are people who work well together,” Adrienne Sanders writes in Stanford Business. “Happy collaborators are typically more productive and are less apt to look elsewhere for employment. But what are the circumstances that lead people to want to team up over and over again?” New research by Stanford’s Daniel McFarland suggests that the reasons [...]

2017-12-09T16:20:50+00:00

HOW GENERATION Z IS CHANGING THE DIGITAL WORKPLACE

The Millennials have been the coming generation for a while. But the cohort that follows them, Generation Z, are either on the entry rungs of job ladders or about to get there. Generation Z is the generation born between 1995 and the early 2000s, while, of course, the Millennial generation precedes them. Right now, at 79 million strong, Generation [...]

2017-12-09T16:54:57+00:00

REMOTE WORKERS CAN BE HAPPIER AND MORE PRODUCTIVE

Despite some resistance from middle management and the occasional exception like Yahoo, remote work is becoming the norm — and for good reason. A 2014 study conducted by researchers at Stanford University found that remote employees experienced greater contentment, increased productivity and were less likely to quit. The author of the study, Nicholas Bloom, states, “The more robotic the work, the greater the [...]

2017-12-09T18:59:14+00:00
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