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Today, meet Joanne, our collaboration connoisseur. Joanne knows how important collaboration is to your business and how the right technology can make a big difference.
Collaboration is much more than just working together and brainstorming. When teams collaborate on projects, businesses benefit. Employees are more engaged and productive. They are less likely to call in sick or quit. They tend to develop better relationships in the workplace and with customers.
High-performing businesses that build a collaborative culture show remarkable success compared to their peers, including:
- 10% increase in customer satisfaction ratings
- 20% increase in sales
- 21% higher profitability
In today’s interconnected environment, collaboration lets teams work together to perform complex tasks regardless of where they are located.
Collaboration improves your workplace by:
- Fostering team problem-solving
- Eliminating silos between employees or department
- Creating more efficient execution
- Enabling remote teams to work productively
Removing the Barriers to Collaboration
The inability of teams to collaborate effectively can cause all sorts of problems but may be easily solved. If you’re not seeing the collaboration you want, it’s most likely the tools you’re using — 94% of the time, the problem is the systems you’re using and not your team.
While there are plenty of solutions for collaboration, one of the most popular and potent is Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 provides a variety of cloud-hosted options to help keep all of your team members connected. As a Software-as-a-Service provider with deep toolsets, it bundles together the collaboration tools you need and provides integration so you don’t have to worry about managing multiple products or vendors.
A subscription service, you pay per user with Microsoft 365 and get the tools you need for real-time collaboration. Besides Outlook email, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and Word documents, you can collaborate using:
- Document sharing and editing
- Desktop sharing
- Online whiteboards
- Real-time text messaging and chat rooms
One of the biggest advantages of using a suite of tools is how they all work together. Because everything is native to the platform, there’s a seamless workflow that lets employees move between programs without losing access to any of the functionality.
Because everything is stored in the cloud, your team has access to all of their files if they are working remotely on any device with an internet connection. Whether they are sitting at a desk in the office, working from home, or using a laptop at the coffee shop, they have the same familiar applications and access to all of their software tools.
Microsoft 365 also lets you share mailboxes, calendars, and contacts so you can easily share resources and efficiently schedule meetings, and see who is available.
Team members can also collaborate on projects. Real-time editing in documents lets multiple people work together on a document and instantly see any changes made by anyone.
Microsoft 365 helps create a culture of collaboration by making it easy to:
- Host online meetings and video calls for groups of up to 300 people
- Chat with team members online from your desktop or mobile device
- Access to chats, meetings, files, and apps in one place
- Create online team sites to share information and files
- Host webinars
- Securely share files without leaving the platform
- Access and sync files on PCs, Macs, or mobile devices
Moving your collaboration to the cloud also eases your management load. Microsoft handles all product updates to make sure you are always working off the latest version. They also provide security for anything stored in the cloud.
Making the Move to Microsoft 365
Switching to Microsoft 365 is a simple, seamless process, especially when you select the right IT Services provider to help guide your transition. Microsoft 365 gives your small- or medium-sized business the latest, cloud-based software at all times, with watertight security for your data and communications.
There are different levels of Microsoft 365 with different price points. Not every team member may need the full suite of services, so you can pick and choose what you need. Working with MicroTech can help you get the services you need without overspending
Grab a Cup of Joe with Joanne
Collaboration doesn’t have to be complicated.
Joanne and the team at MicroTech can assess your workplace systems and help you deploy the right solutions to kick-start meaningful collaboration throughout your business.