Make Team Communication Easier with Technology
Office communication can be an absolute nightmare. Unless you work in the world’s most efficient and technology-embracing office, you’ve been a part of a scenario like this: A deadline is quickly approaching. Maybe it’s a print date for an ad or a blog post that needs to go live. You’ve got the content in a Word doc, but you need input from other people. So you email the document out, requesting help or input or feedback. And then you wait for the probably 17 replies, each containing an altered version of your original document, but almost definitely with the exact same file name. (WHY?!) You waste an hour of your life trying to sort it all out and rename everything so you can open them all up and make sense of the disaster. Eventually, you finish up the project, probably an hour or two after everyone else has called it a night. You go home, only to wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat because you didn’t fix the one mistake that you found that nobody else reported back to you. Isn’t collaboration fun?
Around the Venture office, we use Slack. It’s a great way to keep in touch when you’re out of the office as well as an easy way to collaborate without interrupting someone or even leaving your desk. One of my favorite things about Slack is the ability to connect other apps to it and expand on the functionality of both these apps.
I’ve been using Dropbox almost since Dropbox was a thing. (Nerd alert – same thing with Gmail. I’m what you might call an early adopter.) And I’m very excited to introduce my coworkers to a world where Dropbox and Slack are integrated, making collaboration easier for everyone involved. No more duplicate files, lost changes, lost files, etc.
Efficient collaboration and team communication are the easiest ways to make for a more productive workflow. After all, “a typical office worker is interrupted every 11 minutes.” (It also takes up to 25 minutes to refocus after an interruption.) Obviously, it’s in the best interest of an employer to minimize these interruptions, and this is where technological advancements have gone a long way to preserve and even enhance team communication without causing constant interruptions.