Collaboration is engrained in human culture. It’s what enabled us to build the Great Wall of China, put a man on the moon and establish systems of government worldwide. Now, the Internet of Things (IoT) has drastically improved collaboration—via various tech devices—among human beings. Furthermore, the IoT has had a drastic impact on enterprise collaboration through interoffice communication platforms accessible through the cloud.

Sooner rather than later, any device that can be fitted with low-power digital radios will be. These devices containing embedded sensors will then be able to create a data stream for others to identify and capture. This superconnectivity has had an impact on just about everything from healthcare to extreme sports and will continue to affect a wide range of industries.

Due to this immense impact, the IoT has completely changed how enterprises improve upon workflow. Now, employees can utilize collaboration platforms to more efficiently communicate with each other, and increase productivity and management oversight, all of it driving a more innovative work environment. By doing so, employees’ devices, both mobile and non-mobile, will be connected and they will have access to their colleagues anywhere at anytime, as well as all the information they need to be successful.

As an enterprise trying to improve upon collaboration, what does this mean for you?

Increased productivity: Many employees aren’t getting as much work done as you may think. According to an infographic from Atlassian, employees are distracted by a continual onslaught of email messages. In fact, a typical employee will receive an average of 304 emails weekly and will check his or her email 36 times each hour.

Meetings are another culprit of lost time. The same infographic states that 31 hours per month per employee are spent in unproductive meetings.

An answer to these problems could very well be a single collaboration platform that can better streamline workflow. A team of engineers, for example, could collaborate on a project from their mobile devices, instead of disrupting everyone’s schedule to meet face to face.

This means that the collaboration platform provides a space, or site, for employees to work together. For example, a project manager can add his or her team to a private collaboration site and then share files from his or her computer straight to the site, which can only be seen by those with access to it. Social feeds are a normal function on these platforms, allowing teammates to share ideas and also follow up on messages (much like email), without ever having to open up another platform.

Better management: Collaboration platforms allow managers better insight into what their employees are doing and how far along they are with their designated tasks. The manager can also create and assign tasks within the platform, which employees can update as projects move forward. This allows the manager and other team members to stay on the same page.

Innovative work environment: By embracing the IoT and using office collaboration software, your enterprise is enabling a more innovative work environment for your employees. With everything an employee needs in one place, your team will spend less time sifting through various documents and emails and will be able to focus on more mission-critical work. Furthermore, having access to a variety of programs (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook) combined with having instant access to your teammates can enable forward-thinking problem solving.

While your enterprise (probably) isn’t planning on constructing the next Great Wall of China, chances are that collaboration is still imperative to achieving your goals. For employees to become more engaged and increase work efficiency, they must be able to utilize the IoT. A more collaborative office is a more efficient office.

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