Get the most out of your team with these productivity tips
In this digital age, we often hear about how people are growing more distant. Yet, it’s actually these new technological improvements that are bringing us all closer together. When you’re working as a team, you get more done, you accomplish more, and you work better together.
However, with a rising remote workforce and a changing digital landscape, how do you create a team that’s built to last? In the tech industry in particular, over 50 percent of developers consider the ability to work remotely a priority. What does this mean for companies and teams today? It means we’re changing how we work as a team so we can push the boundaries of productivity. Here are the five best evolving practices in team productivity to consider today.
1. Utilize Cloud Storage
First, one of the biggest ways to improve is to improve the speed at which you get things done is to do more online. If your organization is still relying on paper documents and outdated procedures, this might be slowing you down.
By using cloud storage, all of your documents, information, and files are stored remotely. They can be accessed anywhere, and they’re much more organized. This not only empowers your employees to work from anywhere, it’s also a way to save money and work smarter.
2. Communicate Online
There are a lot of unexpected perks of online communications. Not only are in-person meetings inefficient and time consuming, they also no longer work in our remote workspace. Luckily, online communications are better than ever.
If you host meetings and messages through online channels such as Slack, it’s much easier for everyone to stay on the same page. Not only that, but there’s a written line of communication for workers to fall back on instead of needing to ask for reminders about what was communicated during meetings.
3. Track Time Efficiently
There are a lot of benefits to tracking time, especially in this modern world. Do you know how much time goes to waste when you browse the web? No matter how much self-control you and your team have, time is still likely lost during the day.
Clockspot helps you manage your time more effectively so you can get more done. Because you can track employees from anywhere, you can make sure everyone’s on the right track forward without being too obtrusive. It’s a nice reminder that it’s possible to reclaim those lost hours in your workday.
4. Work to Strengths and Weaknesses
Another evolution we’re seeing in the modern workplace is a change in the way we think of our strengths and weaknesses. While tech skills used to be valued above all, we’re now seeing a revolution of soft skills. This means there’s a push towards allowing creativity and analytical problem solving to flourish.
As an organization, you can focus on working to team members’ strengths and weaknesses. Every human has their own talents and gifts. Why not use those to accomplish more?
5. Create a Positive Work Environment
Last but not least, we’re no longer living in a world where employees will tolerate being treated like another cog in the wheel. Today, it’s about bringing the humanity back into the workplace. The physical environment affect how workers feel and perform, but don’t forget the mental environment is equally important.
In other words, is this a positive space where people feel empowered to make decisions? Is there clear, helpful leadership? These are the things that will become more important in the coming years.
Are you looking for ways to create a more productive workspace for your team? The tips above fit a changing, evolving world. When it comes to productivity, what worked in the past isn’t guaranteed to work tomorrow. It certainly isn’t working the same way today.
It’s up to you to make these changes for you team if you want to meet new challenges with confidence. As more people choose to work remotely, you’ll need all hands on deck to succeed in a changing world.
Written by: Wendy Dessler, BOSS Contributor