In Part 1 of our series on Data-Driven Collaboration, “How Rich Data Can Improve Your Communication,” we identified how to plan for collaboration by ensuring that goals were established and aligned with our organizational strategy. We then moved on to Part 2, “Recognizing Personas and Behaviors to Improve Engagement,” to explain how you can build engagement by managing behaviors. In this, the final post in our series, co-authored by Swoop Analytics and Carpool Agency, we will identify how to sustain the momentum to ensure that value is continuously delivered as a matter of course.
In the last installment of this series, “Why Asynchronous Video is Awesome for Business Communications Part 1,” Jarom Reid and Alexandra Kruse shared some of their thoughts about asynchronous video.
Every day, it seems, we’re finding new, better ways to communicate. Memos are transitioning into internal blogs, email is moving over to collaborative platforms like Yammer and Facebook at Work, and now video is opening up even more ways to share information within an organization.
Yammer can be a tricky beast. People accustomed to living in their inboxes might find the experience off-putting, or feel that a social or collaborative network isn’t well suited for the enterprise.
Sometimes at work we can get a little … backed up. When things aren’t flowing properly, it can be uncomfortable, to say the least. Fortunately, all it takes to get things moving again is the proper alignment and technique.
Even as far back as 2011, when the firm Melcrum conducted a survey on the effectiveness of video for internal communications, 93 percent of internal communication professionals reported that video is essential. And in the five years since that survey, video has proliferated throughout nearly every aspect of our digital lives.
Being a great community manager means getting along with people, even the ones who don’t like you.
The workplace is changing.
After one month spent working remotely, employees at the internal communications consulting agency Carpool reported increased communication and accessibility, higher job satisfaction, less email, and increased productivity, among other positive effects of the Office Anywhere.
Have you ever wondered if the people you work with act the same when they clock out as they do when they’re at work? Likewise, should our behavior and personality be the same in public as it is behind closed office doors?
Back in July, Carpool began the Office Anywhere experiment: one month in which all Carpool employees were heavily encouraged to work outside the office.
Technology has opened up a new world. This is a world in which we no longer have to occupy the same physical space to get work done and find new ways to improve communication.
Science has taught us many things, but few that have been as insightful as the power of the beard. According to science, beards are tooootally hot, except when there’s a lot of them—then unbearded faces are waaaay sexy. There are business applications to be gleaned from this observation, but first let’s really dive into the science of the beard. Be warned, this could get a little hairy.
Email is great, except when it’s not. In those times email isn’t great, it’s really not great. Not much about email has changed since it first emerged in the mid ’90s. Sure, we can attach images and embed links, but the basic concept is still the same.
“See you in a month!”
It’s been a long, hard winter, and summer is looking to be worse.
The robots aren’t just coming—they’re here already. Take a glimpse of the future and you’ll likely see a world in which machines, not humans, handle many of the tasks that currently require a flesh-and-blood brain to complete.
In a 2006 interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actor’s Studio, Dustin Hoffman recalled a dinner he had with the late Laurence Olivier.
Enterprise social, as a term, suffers from buzzword syndrome. These internal communications networks have proliferated across so many organizations, that it can be easy to lose sight of what actually makes them useful for day-to-day business.
Jargon is everywhere. In a lot of ways, it is the language that drives business: a common vernacular that separates those in the know from those who don’t know. There’s just one teeny tiny little problem: No one knows what the hell you’re talking about when you use it. It is an inherently prohibitive way of speaking and writing and, in that way, it is an ineffective way of communicating and collaborating.
Back in June, in the waning days of FY15 and with a brand new fiscal year about to begin, Satya Nadella sent out a few words of wisdom to all of Microsoft. In his statement, Satya outlined a vision for the future of the company; which, in many ways, is a vision for the future of the modern workplace.
Not much has changed about email.
To understand the information flow of a complex business environment, look no further than the mighty butterfly. And to do that, we should consult Dr. Ian Malcolm.
Every parent knows that the supermarket is a minefield of distractions with a kid in tow. The simple act of buying a gallon of milk with a child also means running through a gauntlet of treats and junk food that seem strategically placed for the sole purpose of pulling your shopping trip off course.