Words like workstream collaboration, digital workplaces and employee engagement are increasingly more common in the digital conversation.
Collaboration was once seen as a group of people working towards achieving one goal on a higher level than teamwork and has now evolved to be associated with cloud-based programs and computer-centric office spaces.
Workstream communication and collaboration (WCC) —also known as team collaboration, workstream messaging and persistent collaboration spaces (PCS)—captures and resolves industry dilemmas that restricted many businesses throughout the twentieth century. These cloud-based tools that have emerged over the past decade include products like Yammer, founded in 2008, and more recent platforms like Workplace by Facebook, Microsoft Teams and Slack.
Since the launch of digital collaboration platforms, companies generally fall into one of two camps: early adopters of these platforms or organizations who stick to email chains, paper systems and, the most antiquated form of communication, face-to-face conversation.
Employees that feel disengaged from their company, more often than not, will also have a decreased brand enthusiasm. Companies with a strong culture are simply the most engaged.
According to Gallup 85% of employees are disengaged. This being the case, I think one of the biggest problems we face is organisational inertia and changing our audience from passive consumers to active collaborators. Our biggest opportunity is doing the same #CommsChat
Various collaboration platforms have launched over the past ten years and one of the best examples that have integrated these types of digital workplaces in their organizations is Oxfam, a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. Oxfam has incorporated Facebook’s enterprise collaboration platform into their business, in order to supply its daily dashboard for communication and collaboration across its 10,000-staff, multilingual global workforce and all of their devices.
Dianna Langley, Digital Workplace Manager at Oxfam explains that, “Staff feel empowered when they collaborate in Workplace as equals, no matter where they are in the world.”
Success stories like these are not uncommon anymore thanks in part to the new communication technologies readily popping up at our fingertips.
Implementing tools that empower modern forms of employee communication can elevate a business’ overall productivity.
Engage Your Employees by Saying Yes to Workplace Collaboration