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Preferred has been serving the Tinley Park area since 1991, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tighten Things Up With Better Collaboration

Tighten Things Up With Better Collaboration

Costs are rising and companies need to do more with less. Not only that, they depend on several departments of their business to work together to meet customer demands and complete projects. Let’s take a look at some collaboration tips and the tools that can help build a better, more collaborative and productive business. 

Find the Right Resources

An issue many businesses run into when undertaking major collaborative tasks is expecting A-level work from someone that isn’t trained or experienced in doing that type of work. This can happen because of improper project management and delegation, or it can simply be because there are heavy workloads on the more experienced resource. Regardless of what the reason is, having your best people doing their best work on what they’re best at is sure to help take your business where you want it to go.

Lines of Communication

Communication is a key component to any collaborative endeavor, but if your team doesn’t have access to the robust communications tools that are now available, your team’s efficiency may be less than desirable. Since most teams are made up of workers from different departments, they may have different perspectives and ideas. Having productive lines of communication can lead to better products, better services, and the production of more revenue. 

Stay on Task

One crucial issue some multi-user projects need to establish early on is shared goals. Not just the result that they want to see, but also timelines, deadlines, and so on. Not every member of your team is going to think the same way and having shared goals will be important to fulfill the work as expected. 

What Technology Can Help?

Technology is a big part of collaboration in modern business. Here are three technologies that you can use to improve your team’s results on collaborative projects. 

  • Collaboration apps - Software that is specifically made for collaboration. These apps are available anywhere on nearly any device and give users the ability to work with a lot of integrated software titles.
  • Video conferencing - Being able to have impromptu meetings where you can talk to your team is important with all project coordination.
  • Productivity suites - Cloud-based productivity suites give team members the ability to collaborate on specific documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.

At Preferred, our IT professionals pride themselves on helping Chicagoland businesses get the technology and technology management they need to be their best. Give us a call today at 708-781-7110 to learn more. 

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