The Top 5 Enablers for Efficient Collaboration

What does collaboration in the digital workplace look like?

Thanks to technology, work is no longer about where you are, it's about what you get done.

Discover the top 5 key enablers for efficient collaboration below. 

So you already know that collaboration can be a direct driver for innovation, right? A recent study on workplace innovation by Raconteur and Google for Work found that 73% of respondents agreed that their organisation would be more successful if employees were able to work in more flexible and collaborative ways.

That's all well and good, but how do you get your team collaborating well? Check out our top five areas to focus on getting you and your colleagues working faster, smarter, better:

1. Embrace technology as a tool

IT exists to enable your business to effectively deliver products and services to your customers – whether it be via transactional systems, data processing platforms, or solutions making the day to day operation of your business more efficient and effortless. 

But technology goes further than just being an asset - its a critical player in collaborating well, especially in today's age of mobility and remote working becoming the norm. Employees will need to understand and work with technology in new ways, and use specific tools to help support their goals. 

Look at Yammer, Slack, Trello, Zoom, Microsoft Teams - all new ways to evolve projects in a virtual world before they become a physical object.

2. Use data to empower decision-making

Empowering employees with the right information to innovate is central to transforming your business. And part of this is being able to access and understand the right data. Customer-centric, data-driven companies increasingly rely on data to predict, plan, execute, analyse and support their future decisions.

This transforms traditionally siloed back-office teams into frontline collaborators, as they enable the sharing of inputs, outputs, KPIs, quotas, customer lifetime value etc. 

3. Enter a new reality 

Seemingly every day new virtual reality (VR) technology comes onto the market - whilst it hasn't set it's roots in mainstream business just yet, it feels inevitable. The next 10 years will bring a seamless transition between technology and real life as wearable technology, VR, augmented reality (AR) and geo-hotspotting work together. 

This will enable a completely new way for work to be shared with millions of people around the world, regardless of location, culture, and accessibility.

4. The role of 3D 

With the help of 3D virtualisation, physical objects can be shared at the same time in a digital world, and soon the concept of distance will become almost unnecessary.

File-sharing will exist in such a way that something designed with AR glasses in one place, can be worked on by someone else in another place. Collaboration will then evolve into something that can be done regardless of location, so long as you have the right tools.

5. The mobile office

From digital marketers to computer programmers to accountants, anyone with an online-based job knows that where they work, the hours they put in, and the timezones they work to are no longer fixed constraints. 

Some go as far as to become a digital nomad, seizing the chance to take their work on their travels, but even if that sounds extreme to you, having the flexibility to work anywhere opens up the opportunities to collaborate with more people in similar situations. 

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