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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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

If you think HCL Connections might help you, see it in action on this Youtube Channel

You can also schedule a demo to make sure that you get all the info you need. The replay of the webinar is available here.

Contact us to talk more about the Collaboration tools and how to host them.