Looking to take some time off without an Enterprise Collaboration Strategy? Plan on a working vacation then.
You finally get the chance to relax in the sunshine and take some much needed days off and suddenly your cell phone starts blowing up with texts, emails, and phone calls from your boss who urgently needs that presentation from last week. And just that fast your relaxing vacation disappears.
Many of us faced with this situation like to think that it shows how valued we are to our organizations and how hard it is for them to function without us on a daily basis. We’ve become so used to slogging through emails, wasting numerous hours every week searching for files, and recreating the same work over and over again in each department that we fail to see how much the lost productivity, wasted creative thought process, and employee burnout is costing our organizations.
While there certainly is some truth to the value you bring to the company, it is much more likely that there simply is no enterprise collaboration strategy in play at your place of employment. Despite 79% of surveyed executives by IDG Research in 2014 responding that good collaboration was important to their business, rarely does the typical enterprise take the time to actually think and plan for how their employees will work and share information together – as part of their overall strategy of doing business – outside of throwing up an intranet or creating a few file drives.
Building an effective Enterprise Collaboration Strategy first involves pulling in key business leaders, with support of IT, into a facilitated workshop atmosphere. Here your broader team will collectively
- Understand current collaboration philosophies and principles
- Address specific enterprise requirements and security concerns
- Develop a working vision of the future plan
This will be the plan that encompasses how you actually do business – from where you store critical information, to how you will communicate it across the enterprise – and by what method(s) people will connect and work together every day. It’s the first step in driving a new culture that encourages your teams to share knowledge in new and effective ways that fit with your larger business goals.
My team spends lots of time each week helping our customers build and implement their strategies so they can improve their operational efficiency, increase creativity, and positively impact their employee satisfaction. Why not give us an hour of your time to talk through how this approach could make a difference in your organization? And maybe, it just might get you a little more beach time!
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