Best Practices for Maximizing Collaboration with Remote Teams

Sep 20, 2018

Research shows that employee satisfaction is directly related to the bottom-line. As early as 2011, studies such as the one done by the University of Missouri has shown that happy employees are more productive, loyal, and hardworking. Almost a decade later, this truth has become more apparent with an increasingly younger workforce that's more vocal about job dissatisfaction and more willing to explore work opportunities.

In the article, Top 10 Digital Transformation Trends For 2019 by Forbes, it goes as far to say that CEOs must step up by hiring for digital transformation and recognizing the critical nature of building cultures that can change.

Freeing your workforce from avoidable frustrations can significantly contribute to job satisfaction. Here are three ways you can influence positive changes that can free your workforce.

1. Expand the Office Walls

While telecommuting is not yet the norm, it's an inevitable change that most companies would have to face sooner rather than later. Technological advances are empowering workers to do their jobs well remotely. Distributed teams allow companies to maximize resources and hire the best talent regardless of location. The real challenge these days is getting the right team in place and giving them access to tools and resources that would allow them to do their best work. Even if your company isn't quite ready for a fully remote team, it pays to move in the right direction.

Work from anywhere with the right technology.

2. Invest in the Right Technology

Adapting new systems and acquiring new tools require a lot of work, especially for the IT team. However, investing in the right technologies can directly affect employee and customer satisfaction. Finding tools that work best for your team and equipping them with technologies that bring out their best work can boost both morale and profit

Finding the right digital tools to boost morale and profit.

In the article, Top 10 Digital Transformation Trends For 2019 by Forbes, it goes as far to say that CEOs must step up by hiring for digital transformation and recognizing the critical nature of building cultures that can change.

3. Leverage the Connected World


In most developed countries, staying disconnected has now become more difficult than being online. We are constantly bombarded with notifications and there is an app for just about everything. Instead of seeing these changes as deterrents to productivity, there is a need for shifting the mindset. By setting up systems that enable teams to easily communicate and encourage better collaboration, you can use this always-on phenomenon to their advantage.

Finding the right digital tools to boost morale and profit.
Give Your Teams the Space to Jam

In his book, Creativity, Inc., Pixar Animation Studio co-founder Ed Catmull said, “I believe that managers must loosen the controls, not tighten them. They must accept risk; they must trust the people they work with and strive to clear the path for them; and always, they must pay attention to and engage with anything that creates fear.”

Clearing the path for employees can start with investing in a truly collaborative tool like the Google Jamboard. Built for collaboration and designed with users in mind, the Jamboard is more than just a beautifully designed digital whiteboard. The Jamboard is integrated with G Suite, allowing teams to use their digital assets directly on the board. Distributed teams can literally stay on the same page regardless of where they are in the world. While on-site teams work on the Jamboard, remote participants can stay fully engaged using their desktop or mobile devices. Its intuitive design eliminates any required training, saving on time and resources. It also doesn’t hurt that the Jamboard is fun to use, so employees are more likely to enjoy doing their jobs while helping the business succeed.