collaboration and productivity

Boost Team Performance by Matching Collaboration Tools to Workflows

PHOTO: Nathan Nichols Collaboration tools are meant to increase team productivity. But to do that, they need to be widely used across the team and become integrated into day-to-day operations. Seems like a given, no? So it might surprise you to learn that collaboration systems and tools meant to enhance productivity might actually deter it. This happens when tools are not matched to the intrinsic or predetermined way a particular team...

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One Collaboration Tool to Rule Them All? Think Again

PHOTO: Robin Noguier There's been no lack of articles over the last few months about the effects of the sudden shift to remote work. And to be honest, while some lessons have undoubtedly been learned (or relearned), a lot of good practice literature was already available. Anyone looking for information on how to manage remote teams, how to promote your corporate culture via Zoom or Go To Meeting, how to support...

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Is It Time for an Organizational Network Analysis?

PHOTO: Shutterstock How work actually gets done inside an organization can be a mystery even in the best of times. Add in the rapid move to remote work and virtual collaboration spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and it becomes even more so. Conducting an organizational network analysis can lift the curtain, uncovering potential vulnerabilities and ways to boost productivity and employee well-being. Organizational network analysis, or ONA, is a process to gather...

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Slack and AWS Deepen Their Partnership, Bringing New Video Capabilities to Slack

PHOTO: Yu Chun Christopher Wong / Shutterstock Slack announced on Thursday that it had signed a deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to embed the Amazon Chime voice and video meetings capability into its channel-based messaging application, using the Amazon Chime software development kit (SDK). This will make the Chime functionality available for free for all Slack customers who want to use it — both free and paid. The announcement is...

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Beware These 3 Remote Work Collaboration Traps

PHOTO: Samuel Scrimshaw Over the last decade, remote work has grown on average 11% to 13% year over year. This means that over 120% more people were working from home at the beginning of 2020 than were a decade ago. When the COVID-19 shelter in place orders spanned the country, the numbers increased exponentially, making the drawbacks of distance meetings, cc:emails and deluge of notifications felt by even more people. One...

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