November 7, 2016

Group of employees collaborating on a project

Employees will spend hours a day researching information and sifting through emails to find exactly what their coworker had said to them in that one email about that project that started today.

Sifting through old information disengages them from real work. Because when knowledge and information isn’t centralized and available for employees their productivity levels decrease.

Collaboration software cuts down on misunderstandings between employees and employer and can lead to faster task completion and higher levels of employee engagement. Collaboration allows new hires to get up to speed faster by learning from co-workers and feeling immediately engaged in the company. Firms using social collaboration software see productivity enhancements of an average of 12.5%, according to the Forbes article, “Are Enterprises Really Ready for True Social Collaboration?”

Collaboration software permits employees to access specific information quickly and when they need it whether that’s in the office or on the road. Employees are more likely to be engaged and have a positive outlook on completion of their daily tasks when information is easy to access.

October 20, 2016

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Retaining new and seasoned employees not only rids you of the cost of higher, but will increase productivity in the workplace. Collaboration technology will help you do just that. This technology promotes effective communication which is one of the most important skills a person can possess. Best practices and specific information is all stored in an easy-to-access centralized system. Employees and employers can find information or collaborate with a colleague from any location whether that be the office or on vacation.  Collaboration technology has been able to reduce email volume by 30% and increase team efficiency by 15-20% (Source).

Organizations that have implemented collaborations technology have seen employees empowered to communicate with peers in an open forum while also promoting online learning. The seasoned employees can become mentors for new hires. The new hires can learn from their mentors mistakes and successes. Organizations that haven’t implemented collaboration technology have found that their employees spend around 9 hours a week search through their email or the internet for information.