According to one survey reported by the Independent
, the average British person checks their phone 28 times daily – adding up to over 10,000 times yearly. Many of us are probably even more wedded to our handsets than we are to our partners – but it could bode surprisingly well in a work context.
That’s because it’s not hard to see examples of how various technologies, including those listed and analysed below, could help co-workers to collaborate more effectively and, all in all, get work done.
Voco is one telecoms provider
that would enable members of your team to both make and receive voice or video calls on any device while continuing to display your company’s phone number.
You might understandably wonder what would be particularly wrong with just using email to reach out to other members of your workforce. The problem is that, as many workers could be inclined to check their email inboxes only periodically, your conversions could too often end up lost in silos.
In contrast, the use of instant messaging to communicate is closer to how you would communicate in a traditional office environment. Therefore, your requests for help would be easier for your work colleagues to notice quickly and, as a result, act on similarly speedily.
Many documents are now stored in the cloud – and, there, can be easily accessed and edited by different workers from various devices.
However, these “living documents” can live up even more to that term when artificial intelligence is thrown into the mix and is ready to subtly suggest potential ways of improving the document. It could feel as though an intelligent robot is on your team, which leads nicely onto the next point...
While your company’s workers should be conversing between themselves as a team regularly, it can be too easy for participants to forget what they have learned in-between conversations. This leaves open the door for negative habits to slip back in – but a chatbot can serve as that door’s “lock”.
That’s because, as TrainingZone observes
, chatbots can collect data from workers at superhuman speed before using this data to decide on intelligent questions to put to the team.
Here’s the good news: your remotely-based workers are likely to already be happy with the teamwork tech at their disposal.
In one study by the UK’s human resources (HR) body the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 65% of flexible workers reported satisfaction with their conditions – noticeably higher than the 47% of workers who said likewise but were based full-time in a traditional office.
All the same, though, there’s likely still room for improvement – in which case, you could offer a feedback app through which workers would be able to indicate where tweaks should be made.