Millennials’ use of technology and affinity with the digital world clearly sets them apart from the generations before them. They’ve grown up in a world crowded by broadband, smartphones, laptops and social media and they expect instant access to any information they require.
The pressure on businesses to squeeze every possible pound/dollar/euro from their organisations has forced many to rethink how to rationalise operations and work smarter. The reasons are manifold: threats of recession, increased competitive pressures in a highly globalised world, increasingly outdated legacy systems and working practises to name but a few. Uncertainty brought on by the much discussed Brexit vote hasn’t instilled any calm or confidence either.
As featured in Sunday Times/ Raconteur Special Report: 31st July 2016
Since the 90s email has been the main tool of communication between remote teams within the same company or even between different organizations which happen to reside on different time zones. Taking into consideration the pace of business today and the need for an ever increasing sense of real-time communication when working, is this enough?
This is a guest blog contribution from Chris Williams, an IT enthusiast & Content Manager who trialled our software during the MindLink Free Trial. (Full profile towards the end of the blog)
CEO, CMO, CIO, CFO – yes, we know what to expect and who they are. But CCO? CCO, the Chief Collaboration Officer, is a term coined several years ago…but where are all the CCOs in companies? Do you know one? How many can there be found on LinkedIn? If your business doesn’t have a Chief Collaboration Officer yet, it really is about time to start considering the value she or he can bring.
The success behind any team is their constant communication and the collaboration that results. Be it a small group of workers, a department, a branch or a whole company, collaboration is critical to ensure success. What is important is having the right tools to collaborate to ensure critical information is shared real-time irrespective of the time zones and availability of the right devices; a tool that adheres to compliance standards and ensure maximum data security.
Collaboration in the workplace has come a long way in 2013. No longer seen as “Facebook for the enterprise”, organisations now recognise the potential social technology brings to employees, and in turn, results in business performance & productivity.
Analyst firm Gartner predicts that by 2016, 50 percent of large organisations will have internal Facebook-like collaborative networks, and 30 percent of these will be considered as essential as email and telephones are today.
Are you a business executive with connections all over the world, but no single platform to interact with them all? If so, your inbox is most likely always cluttered with heaps of emails and loads of folders to accompany them. And more likely than not, you are retorting to traditional communication tools instead of modern collaboration solutions to manage it all.
Despite the crucial role that the back office plays in keeping financial institutions operational, many (based on our experience) are still over reliant on email as their main communication tool.