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How Microsoft Teams Removes Roadblocks to Collaboration

How Microsoft Teams Removes Roadblocks to Collaboration

by: Asif Rehmani 27 Feb 2018

Collaboration gives place to better productive outcomes and gives rise to a culture of teamwork. But, in many digital workplaces, collaboration still hits into many roadblocks.

If you your employees are not working together as you expect, it may be because there are considerable challenges in the way. If you provide robust solutions to those challenges, the daily synergy of efforts may just get much more practical.

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The most common roadblocks to collaboration include the inability to intuitively exchange ideas, circulate documents, and create common workspaces.

The market has availed a number of applications that facilitate these tasks but most of them are either too limiting or too isolated, adding more challenges to the already existing ones.

Microsoft Teams has completely removed these roadblocks and given employees the ability to work together on almost any project. Here is how.

Exchanging ideas

The first obstacle to collaboration is the lack of tools and systems that allow the exchange of ideas. No teamwork is possible if there is no way to give and receive suggestions.

Microsoft Teams provides reliable tools that enable the free flow of information among colleagues. Some of the most powerful types of communication are made possible, including written communication, verbal communication, and kinesic communication.

The Chat feature enables instant messaging with additional capabilities such as emoji’s, stickers, and animated GIFs. The history of your conversations threads is kept for you to review at any later time.

Some people prefer talking over typing words. Also, some conversations are more productive when you have your colleague on a call.

The Calls capability gives you the freedom to talk to a team member without the need to arrange for a meeting in a room. You can easily schedule a group or a one-on-one call.

As you may have realized, body language provides more information than any other type of communication. Your colleagues’ facial expressions can tell you a lot more about their thoughts on your ideas than their emails could.

The Video Chat feature makes this type of communication applicable in your ideas sharing efforts. It’s almost like engaging in a face-to-face interaction.

Circulating documents

Sending and receiving ideas is an essential part of collaboration.

The file sharing feature gives your team the ability to share all types of documents related to a project. And, the feature integrates well with SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.

Providing intuitive interface and a variety of options for sharing documents among team members, Microsoft Teams has removed another roadblock that deters employees from engaging in collaborative works.

Creating common workspaces

An office is a workspace; it is a place where everyone can find team members, documents, and tools necessary for the completion of tasks. Microsoft Teams gives you the ability to create similar workspaces but in digital format.

The feature enables the creation of digital shared spaces where team members can review conversations, read documents, use applications, and participate in exchanges.

In Microsoft Teams, workspaces are referred to as “Teams” and “Channels”. Any team member can create a Team for a specific project or a Channel for a specific conversation.

Providing employees with digital workspaces, Microsoft Teams has made collaboration friction-free and much more convenient.

The 3 main roadblocks that employees usually face when trying to exchange ideas, circulate documents, and create workspaces, have definitely been dissolved by Microsoft Teams. To help your employees discover better ways to collaborate, you may want to give them a chance to try the application. Their teamwork may just get better.

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