A collaboration tool is as good as its fit. The fit unfortunately is not a product that is on sale. To achieve a successful collaborative work environment, a good fit needs to be “created’. Some of the considerations are An organisation has to ensure that the tool caters to the existing roles, processes, metrics and work culture. The tool must reflect the fluid work flows in an intuitive way.
Does collaboration only help create a pool of information that no one knows how to use or requires the processes to be completely revamped to use it effectively? We were addressing the benefits of using the tools of collaboration around existing processes in our last blog.
All businesses collaborate in some form or the other. Whether they realise it or not is the issue. To make collaboration contribute towards long term growth, it must do the following: - Solve real business problems. - Must complement the working style & task flow intuitively. - Be in sync with the working culture.
For every small business out there, it is a huge thing to just be and thrive. They have to constantly figure out ways to reach out, thrive and then hope for growth. More-often-than-desired, it puts them in the survival mode.
If we could tap into the conversations over coffee & around the water cooler, we could have a potential storehouse of great ideas, opinions & even hacks. Every employee who works diligently becomes a storehouse of knowledge. But this knowledge is different. This is knowledge which comes from the context of the task, process & business. Often, it gets reflected in formal & casual conversations.
Let’s collaborate and work better. Once an organisation reaches this stage, it usually means that there is a prevailing consciousness about working together and inching together towards better results.
Collaboration. That is the buzzword that led to the evolution of Sigmify and other technology platforms. What is this hype all about? It starts somewhat like this: “We must improve our productivity. How? By creating more results in less time. Really, Is that possible? Yes, with collaboration
In my last post a couple of weeks back I had talked about context for collaboration. As they say – asking the right question is half the answer. The ‘aha’ moment for us was when we worked our way to this question – How do we bring context to the collaboration that we need to do. Some sort of guided collaboration to help keep our focus on work on hand, keep the ball moving forward on to the next step, help us work together better?
Collaboration Tools – Email Vs Whatsapp Vs Sigmify At Sigmify, we love how collaboration empowers business. And discovering the various ways collaboration tools are employed did make an interesting project at Sigmify. We often hear businesses asking about the need for collaboration tools when they are already using email, spreadsheets, google docs and even whatsapp for their daily work. It just seems so commonsensical that when a work can be done in simpler ways, why bother to go and set up a system to do these simple things?
Collaborating at work is nothing new. We have always been collaborating and interacting at work. Why? There are many reasons. Depending on what we are working on, collaborating may provide us different perspectives to a problem that we may be focused on. It helps inform, refine and improve our decisions and response. We learn from each other. Helps us reduce errors. Costs. Time. The need for collaborating at work is well established.