The coming of the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way people work. Anyone who could work from home started working from home. This also meant a change in the way we interact with our coworkers.

The full picture on collaboration

Below is a diagram of what would be needed to make collaboration really work:

One problem that arises is that simply being able to talk to your co-workers does not necessarily mean you are able to collaborate with them

You don’t just need your email, you need a tool that enables you to keep in touch with your co-workers, make sure that they are updated on any issues, changes. You also need a tool that helps you keep in touch with people outside your company. If one tool can take care of all these 3 types of collaboration, then you can manage all your work from one place.

A digital workspace means that we need to change our mindset from being app-driven to collaboration driven. It’s not just about contact lists and files, and assigning tasks; it also needs to be about expertise, network, and project coordination and being people-focused.

Why does effective collaboration matter?

As one might expect, this also translates into monetary losses, approximately $450 billion are the cost of disengaged employees. Also, the study has shown that businesses with highly engaged employees are 21% more profitable.

Here are the critical tools to enable collaboration:


Just as important as being able to work on the same documents in real-time or having access to the latest version and other daily activities is the capability to engage staff and to keep them in the loop with ease. Having a component to help you with project coordination also is a must when time is of the essence for everybody.

Collaborations can be used for a number of use cases: you can engage employees and deliver essential details across the organization; manage crises with ease by identifying and finding critical resources and skill sets so you can respond to events fast. It’s also a great coordination tool; you can assign tasks and keep up-to-date in real-time.

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