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Tips to manage your inbox
Every member of your team spends too much time on email. A recent study from AtTask discovered that the average American spends 55 percent of their workday on tasks outside of their job role, including email, meetings, administrative tasks, and interruptions. The same study revealed that 14 percent of most work days is spent using email — nearly a seventh of all time spent in the office. For the quarter of us who receive more than 100 emails a day, that figure is higher. Of course, much of that communication and collaboration is necessary for completing work, but if the majority of a work day is not being devoted to primary job duties, something needs to change. Increasing your team’s productivity
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Dealing with different styles of work
Workstyle diversity begets collaboration. Without it, your team might as well be a set of clones. While you might occasionally wish everyone on your team shared your thought process, you know that ultimately it’s the differences between us that foster the bold, new ideas and the solid strategic skills needed to drive the enterprise forward. The truth is, the “shared brain” workforce project managers often wish for is a reality. They’re just looking in the wrong place. You can find it in choosing the right collaborative software. Cloud-based collaborative work management (CWM) software gives teams the ability to brainstorm, set timelines, and track progress on many moving parts from
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Women in the technology industry
I recently participated in an ARA Mentors panel with three other male executives from Seattle on the topic of “Women in Technology: The Male Perspective.” There were no women on the panel, but plenty in the audience of over 250. Though some will think a group of men discussing the lack of women in tech exacerbates the problem, I think it’s an important point for male leaders to address — because the reality is, the majority of tech leaders are men. It’s a subject I take personally and seriously, but I also knew I needed to proceed with discretion and care. Here are some highlights from our talk. I hope it resonates with you and causes you to discuss what you can do to help close
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Transparency and creating efficient teams
Transparency isn’t just another business buzzword. It’s the lifeforce of your team’s performance. The word may be thrown around like it’s inherent in workflow, but simply sharing dates and a perpetual “all systems go” with partners and stakeholders doesn’t qualify as transparency. Failing to convey the true status of your project further delays progress by causing confusion, unwanted surprises, and duplicated work. Even worse — it’s just plain dishonest. Do you want to increase performance and accountability on your team? Eliminate the bad surprises before they delay another phase? Simultaneously build trust among your clients and peers? You can address all
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New in Smartsheet: Enhanced Delivery Options for Sheets and Reports
We know work can get hectic — deadlines change, status updates lag, and everyone begins nipping heels to start a project’s next phase. The last thing you want is the chaos of lost momentum and missed deadlines hurting your credibility. Automation takes tasks off your to-do list, so you can continue applying undivided focus to what’s in front of you. Our new enhanced delivery options let you choose the frequency of requesting updates, sending sheets, or distributing reports on a more granular level. When you send a report or sheet to someone, it’s distributed on the day and time of your choosing as an attached PDF or Excel document (whichever you prefer). The time-saver comes with the
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