• 15th Jan 2016  / 
  • by Shaun McKay

4 Online Tools To Supercharge Employee Collaboration

In our latest blog we explore how to boost employee productivity and collaboration in the workplace using online tools powered by Microsoft.

For many businesses with remote teams working in different locations and time zones, it can be tricky coordinating workers and ensuring optimum productivity at all times. Modern IT solutions such as cloud computing can provide a unique level of collaboration – enabling employees from any location to access files quickly and easily.

At LeadingEdge, our partnership with Microsoft gives our customers access to online tools such as Office 365 and Sharepoint – cost-effective and highly efficient cloud solutions designed to streamline core business functions and facilitate collaborative working on documents, projects, ideas, and company initiatives.

Below we explore key features available with these Microsoft tools that could assist in improving collaboration and productivity in your business:

OneDrive

This file hosting service is a single place to view, share, and edit all your Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents via your browser. It allows employees in your business to:

  • Search, drag and drop documents onto any device for quick and easy access.
  • Access and collaborate on files from anywhere, on any device.
  • Collaborate on documents with live typing to see progress and access permissions to control authorship.
  • Auto-save updates and maintain a canonical version of your collaborative document. You can return to previous versions in just a click.

Virtual Whiteboard (OneNote)

Microsoft OneNote is an interactive whiteboard that brings together whiteboard, pad and paper in one collaborative and dynamic tool. It is particularly beneficial for online meetings, as employees from all locations can flesh out discussions with documents, images, and content – then save and share for future reference.

Social Feeds (Sharepoint)

With Microsoft Sharepoint, users can access microblogging and newsfeeds to improve engagement and collaboration between co-workers on projects or campaigns. Giving your employees access to social feeds will help them innovate and connect with each other in more meaningful ways. The result is a more productive and motivated workforce.

Communities (Yammer)

Communities are vital for facilitating discussion, aiding problem solving and for sharing tacit knowledge on projects, products and even customers. Yammer – Microsoft’s private social network for businesses – will help you extend the collaborative power of SharePoint, and find and connect to co-workers, information and conversations faster.

So if you’re looking for a cost effective way to harness the power of your team with a collaboration platform, get in touch to find out more about our online tools and IT solutions.

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