The Biggest Collaboration Killers in the Digital Workplace

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We’re living in an environment where “collaboration” is one of the most valuable assets a business can have. Today, there are countless productivity tools and systems on the market that claim to assist collaboration. However, as any business leader will know, the best tools are often the ones that solve the problems you already have in your workflow.

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When searching for the ultimate collaborative strategy for your team, it pays to start from your existing issues and work backward. Find out what’s stopping your people from getting things done right now, then look for the services that will help to eliminate those problems.

To help you get started, here are some of the biggest “collaboration killers” currently affecting the workplace.

1.    Inability to Find the Right Information

According to a Salesforce survey, 86% of participants consider “lack of collaboration” to responsible for the majority of workplace failures. To access the right results, you need your team members to have access to the same information. Remember, collaboration is the act of working together to produce results. If everyone’s not on the same page, then you’re more likely to end up with confusion than success.

Solutions like RingCentral Glip make sure that everyone has access to the information they need for their latest project. Through file sharing tools, your employees can drag and drop content into an interactive interface in no time. There are even options to upload from OneDrive, Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox and more.

2.    Siloed Departments and Lack of Communication

In the modern work environment, employees have a habit of communicating almost exclusively with people in their own departments. Either they consider connecting with people from different groups to be too much hassle, or they don’t know how to get the conversation flowing. Unfortunately, these silos often lead to gaps in information. When your whole team is synced together, you end up with a much more cohesive workflow.

A great way to eliminate modern silos is to create a culture of constant communication. Make sure that your people have a multitude of ways to connect with each other depending on what they need. Video conferencing for remote workers, real-time messaging and calls are all a great way to bridge the gaps. You can even schedule regular chats between dispersed members of your team through a shared calendar with an intuitive collaboration tool.

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3.    Difficulty Adapting to New Ways of Work

The collaboration tool is one of the most valuable additions to the current work environment. With the right tool, you can check which of your colleagues are online, share files, and coordinate schedules instantly. However, the device that  you add to your infrastructure shouldn’t disrupt the strategies that your employees already rely on. When looking for the right collaborative approach, make sure that you search for a solution with integration opportunities.

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Tools like RingCentral Glip naturally integrate with valuable applications like Trello, Dropbox, Zendesk and more. This means that employees don’t have to give up their favourite systems. The easier your collaboration tool fits with the rest of your strategy; the simpler driving adoption will be.

Irina Kirnos


    Irina is a Product Marketing Manager at RingCentral in EMEA. With experience in the cloud software and communication industry spanning Silicon Valley, Research Triangle Park and now London, she enjoys working collaboratively with global teams to develop product messaging and positioning, sales enablement and competitive differentiation. Irina grew up in San Francisco, California and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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