These days, how and where work happens is no longer defined by location. Workers can collaborate online within their teams, across their organization, and with their external clients and partners. All of this collaboration can lead to disconnected and siloed information, messages, and emails, leaving teams talking about work — without getting much done.
Read on to learn how you and your team can optimize online collaboration to communicate more effectively across teams and organizations by getting everyone on the same page, making mobile work for remote team collaboration, keeping your online collaboration secure, and leveraging online collaboration tools.
Get Everyone On the Same Page
The availability of so many online collaboration tools, combined with the fact that teams span office locations, home offices, and even the globe, means it can be easy for critical information to get trapped in email or slip through the cracks.
A work execution platform can cut down on information silos, save workers time wasted looking for information, and help get everyone on the same page.
Maximize Mobile for Remote Team Collaboration
Whether your remote teams are working offsite, traveling for business, or even just away from their desks in back-to-back meetings, online collaboration tools that work well on mobile are key to keeping work moving forward.
Look for apps that provide real-time access to relevant information, facilitate collaboration, and enable team members, vendors, and clients to keep the conversation going, no matter where they are.
Ensure Secure Online Collaboration
Whether you’re collaborating with others in an office setting, with remote employees, or with vendors and clients across the globe, ensuring that your online collaboration tools and applications are secure is critical to the survival of your business.
Make sure your online collaboration tools are encrypted, have data backed up in multiple locations, undergo annual security assessments, and give you the ability to manage user access, authentication, and user-based permissions at the administrative level.
Many enterprise software companies have trust centers detailing their level of security and the levels of control that systems administrators have over user access and permissions. Work with your IT department to get a better understanding of what security features you should look for in collaboration software.
Leverage Online Collaboration Tools
Online collaboration tools and apps are essential to helping an organization get everyone on the same page, optimize mobile for remote teams, share successfully with vendors and clients, and ensure secure online collaboration. They also help maximize productivity.
When selecting online collaboration tools for your team, make sure they meet your IT team’s security requirements, that they “play nice” with other tools your team uses, and that they’re easy for your team to learn and use. Avoid the productivity cost of onboarding your team with a complicated tool that requires ongoing IT support for daily tasks such as building reports and dashboards.