7 ideas for improving teamwork and employee engagement

Posted 20 April 2018 12:00 AM by Petula Aardenburg, Sales & Marketing Coordinator @ ClearPeople

The digitalisation of our working environment brings a lot of benefits. There are lots of tools available that can make your life easier, helping you to work not only faster but also smarter. You are able to communicate with your colleagues that are working from home or, like us, with colleagues abroad. And of course, you have your company’s intranet where you can find all information that you need, right?

When you are working in teams, you must admit that it isn’t always very easy. You need handovers, specific information and, most of all, you want this to happen in a fast and easy way. 

Here are 7 top tips to improve teamwork and encourage better engagement in the workplace:

1. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a great tool for real-time collaboration and communication, meetings, file and app sharing. You have all your files, docs and more available in one single place. It features seamless and immersive integration, no matter how you work together – from chat and voice, to video, bots, and connectors. And your people benefit from an experience that's customised and personalised.

It is specifically designed to help your teams collaborate in real-time and iterate quickly on projects, while sharing files and working jointly on shared deliverables. Groups in different locations, for instance, can simultaneously work on projects, share ideas and edit content in real-time. This effectively brings people closer, inspires creativity and ultimately enables your organisation to go-to-market faster.

2. Making your staff happy

A productive workforce is a happy workforce. The right teamwork tools, the right spaces and access to the right information will help your people to solve problems faster and be more creative. You’ll also be able to minimise the amount of time people spend away from the office, remove organisational divides, bring people together from around the world and, ultimately, reduce time to market for products and services. What’s more, your employees will be delighted they’re using the latest teamwork technology.

be happy work

3. O365 collaboration tools

  • Outlook – for those who prefer collaborating in the familiar environment of email or require a more formal approach to communications.
  • SharePoint – so teams can immediately see and share everything needed to make smarter decisions faster.
  • Yammer – to keep management structures flat and enable two-way conversations between executive employees and the wider employee base. Now everyone can bounce ideas around directors and peers alike.
  • Skype for Business – for those who prefer talking and videoconferencing rather than messaging.

4. An essential intranet

And in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, with more and more people working from tablet and mobile devices away from the office, empowering employees with the tools and resources to engage more effectively with the business has never been so important.

ClearPeople have developed the Essential Communications Intranet to enhance business productivity and improve internal communication and collaboration. Understand how it can benefit your business by watching our short video demonstration.

be happy work

5. Creative design

Creative design for us is about understanding your business objectives and then finding creative inspiration to achieve them in a highly engaging way. It is very important that your employees are aware of the company’s mission, vision and values. At ClearPeople, our company intranet is a reflection of our internal culture. It helps your staff to keep engaged with the company.

6. Recognition

Recognising your employees helps you to engage and retain them. This is something that is often forgotten. According to a study from Office Team, one of the reasons why employees quit their job is because they don’t feel appreciated. If you are using Yammer, it is very easy to praise someone. Others in the company can also comment on this.

yammer praise

7. Group Explorer

All these collaboration tools are nice and all, but sometimes you don’t know which one to use to find the information you need. Are you overloaded with collaboration tools? If this sounds familiar to you, then Group Explorer can definitely help. ClearPeople created this handy tool for enterprises allowing users to easily find and access collaboration areas across Office 365 Groups, Yammer, Microsoft Teams, and more.

Get in touch with us

We are in the business of creating engaging digital workplaces that transform the way people work. As a Microsoft Partner, we are experts in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365, Office 365 and much more. 

Get in touch with us today to learn more about how ClearPeople can help your organisation to improve teamwork and get your employees more engaged. 

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