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How Collaboration Best Practices Can Guide You To Better Business

Collaboration

Collaboration isn’t the future – it’s here now! But too many companies fail to get the most out of the concept despite the great opportunities it offers. Because collaboration is the sustainable way to get productive it is something businesses want to master today, for the sake of tomorrow.

The trouble is collaboration can be a vague idea. If your collaboration strategy isn’t getting the results you had in mind, it can be tough to know what is wrong. If this sounds like you, it’s time to get familiar with collaboration best practices. Not only will this clear any collaborative confusion, but it’ll help you figure out exactly where you are and how to improve your strategy and business in general.

How to use best practices to boost collaboration

Research by SMART Technologies analyses 27 best practices and their use in modern businesses. What’s great about the results is that they are grouped into four sections, based on importance and business performance.

Of the four groups, the ‘Low Performance/High Impact’ section is the one you want to focus on. Get these best practices nailed and you’ll be up there with the best collaborators. Seven practices fall into this section, so let’s have quick run through and make things clear.

Usable results

To grade your collaboration strategy you need usable results. This means measurable data to evaluate how effective your strategy is working and spot any potential flaws.

Before you implement your strategy it’s a good idea to audit your business and determine what it has to gain from collaboration. Compare this data regularly, with your strategy in place, to rate success and see where improvements are needed.

Dispersed Collaboration Spaces

Full collaboration uses technology to connect worldwide. Dispersed collaboration spaces let you take advantage of remote workers, create a virtual office for global business meetings and work with other experts around the world.

Utilise Informal Collaboration

Informal collaboration creates a bridge between formal work and a more casual setting. Great ideas can come at any time. Informal collaboration spaces help encourage creative thinking in more natural environments, not just formal spaces.

Structured collaboration spaces

Structured collaboration spaces create a more focused space for your team to crack on and really get things done. It’s a fully collaborative space, with everyone contributing towards a shared goal. Different from informal spaces, these are geared towards meeting targets with all the necessary tools in place. A range of different collaboration spaces is vital for your strategy.

Collaboration strategy

Speaking of which, you need a solid strategy in place to hit your targets. When you audit your business, you need to determine your business needs, set your goals and create a long-term strategy with the necessary technology in place.

Easy set-up

For your teams to get cracking right away, you need a system that is easy to set-up and use. Time is a big player in collaboration, so you don’t want to waste any with lengthily training or confusing tech. Choosing the right collaborative technology is key.

Formal Collaboration Space

The final of four environments. This is your formal setting for business meetings, presentations and communication with important contacts. There’s often less focus on group work, but it’s vital you create an engaging environment to keep your audience’s attention.

With collaboration becoming a major point of modern businesses, it makes sense to have the technology that enables you to do it properly, and to do it well!

To find out more, call the Smarter Interactive team today on 0118 336 0010 and speak to one of our advisors or use the form below to request a call back.

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