Flexible collaboration: your asset for 2022

With cloud-based services, employees get an identical experience from their business apps and communication tools whether they’re sitting at their desks, serving customers in the field, camping out in a coworking space, or working from home or in a remote office.

Since the new COVID-wave, everyone who has the opportunity to work from home. At S&E Cloud, we’ve all settled into our homes.

The lack of closeness has probably eroded your ability to work as one big team. Members of  teams do not all have the same constraints, whether theses are about family obligations, geographical distances, health measures, flexible working hours or even access to a top-quality network. And like you, we want everyone to have the same opportunities to work in a simple and efficient way.

 

Collaboration for all. From anywhere. On any device.

People want the freedom to work on their own terms, but that doesn’t mean they want to work in isolation. Increasingly, employees value collaboration just as much as flexibility, and they believe that teamwork leads to higher productivity and stronger results—and research backs them up. This is especially true for millennials, the post-1980 generation that will make up three-quarters of the global workforce in just six years. A study found that 74% of millennials prefer to collaborate in small groups.


Recognizing the growing importance of collaboration, leading organizations are taking steps to reward group efforts, encourage communication and coordination across departments, and transition away from hierarchical models of management toward networks of teams. Particularly important in this evolution is the concept of collaboration equity: the ability for employees to participate fully regardless of their location, role, experience level, language, or device preference.

Capabilities like multi-language captions in video meetings, or the ability to switch between devices without downgrading the experience, help to bolster collaboration equity.

“Collaboration happens at many different levels. So a vice president and a first-level analyst can be working together, but it doesn’t matter what their titles are. They’re focused on the task before them.”

David Sondergeld, CIO for a U.S. retail company

Making flexible collaboration work

People believe collaboration helps them work better…

65%

67%

39%

of organizations view the shift from functional hierarchies to team-centric and network based organizational models as important or very important

of employees state they are encouraged by senior leaders and management to adopt tools that promote employee collaboration

of executives state that introducing digital collaboration platforms was the top factor in making remote work sustainable

…but not all organizations are teamwork-friendly.

23%

25%

35%

of U.S. employees said that the lack of collaboration within their team gets in the way of work

of employees find it challenging to locate the right tool to contact someone

of workers are not able to access people or groups due to technical issues

As individuals and businesses gravitate toward flexible collaboration, technology is evolving to support—and sometimes even anticipate— their needs. We now have tools that let people on opposite sides of the globe work together as a team, from video meetings for face-to-face interaction, collaborative content editors to digital whiteboards for collective brainstorming.

Some of the top ways employers are making it simple & efficient for employees to work remotely are:

  • by providing conferencing tools (81%),
  • computer hardware (74%), 
  • connectivity tools such as VPN or cellular devices (73%).

Our experts may help you improve flexible collaboration. 

Take an appointment to explain how innovative you want to become.

Don’t let technical issues 🚧 stop you in your collaboration & communication.

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