What’s your communication style?

Emotional intelligence is the key to good communications, and ultimately, better productivity, says Fast Company. One of the key challenges for collaborators, particularly those who work remotely, is that digital advancements have changed the way we communicate. “Every word and nuance has the potential for misinterpretation,” says Jack Modzelewski, author of Talk is Chief: Leadership, Communication, and Credibility in a High-Stakes World. Finding your communication style involves skipping jargon, repeating the message and being yourself, says Modzelewski.

The battle of data versus communication for decision-making

The age of Big Data is having a huge effect on the way we make decisions, particularly among remote collaborative teams. Companies need to strike the balance between a data-driven approach and an ethical exchange of ideas, leveraging AI where appropriate. According to the Harvard Business Review, we should make use of databases and distributed file systems to process the large amounts of data at our disposal – only then can our own human intuition and cognitive biases intervene.

Identifying the communication stumbling blocks in your business

Entrepreneurs have revealed their bugbears when it comes to communication, says Business Matters. Looking at eight key problems, the research revealed that being connected 24/7 was causing too many distractions. Likewise, lack of conciseness, using the wrong channels and addressing everybody in the same way all ranked as the biggest no-nos. Listening issues and making assumptions both led to errors, while not being direct and not setting expectations all caused communication breakdowns.

Collaborate to facilitate digital transformation in 2020

Digital transformation is here to stay, but we need to collaborate to make it work. According to the team at Gartner, 50 per cent of organisations will experience increased collaboration between their business and IT teams over the next two years. Keith Mann, senior research director at Gartner, says: “Business units and IT teams can no longer function in silos, as distant teams can cause chaos.” Organisations must now unite over a common goal to make the most of digital tools at their disposal.

Remote work the hallmark of disruptive companies

Investors are becoming increasingly interested in remote companies. Having overcome the initial challenges of governance, internal controls and productivity, investors are now coming round to the idea. This is underpinned by a CNBC study revealing that 70 per cent of the workforce works remotely as least one day a week.

Wishing you all the very best for 2020

2019 has been a landmark year for the RosyBoa team as more and more people have reaped the benefits of our visual collaboration tools. We’ve got big plans for 2020 and would like to thank all of our customers. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Collaboration is the “key to innovation”, say experts

The team at INSEAD, the “business school for the world”, have identified the key types of collaboration that power innovation. First and foremost, they advise that design should be a discipline rather than a mindset. Secondly, teams need to work together to learn the specific terminology of their respective departments, and thirdly, they need to choose whom to collaborate with wisely.

Ireland to set new standards for remote working

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland is setting up an interdepartmental group to govern guidelines for remote working in the region. The move came in response to a survey which revealed that 44% of Ireland’s residents would like to work remotely. The scheme seeks to promote a work life balance by looking at businesses’ current remote working policies.

A new generation of workers

The modern-generation worker has bigger demands than ever. Many of these demands are driven by technology; for example, younger generations want opportunities to collaborate.   Much of this is also driving new job roles, from heads of cyber security to social media managers. Workers are spending less time in jobs, working remotely and taking on more senior positions at younger ages.

Looking back: the workplace then and now

In just two decades, we’re seeing a seismic shift in the way modern-day employees approach their working lives. Twenty years ago, the workday would end as soon as we clocked off. Today, we are connected 24 hours a day. We’re also more progressive, tolerant to differences and more flexible when it comes to remote working. The future of working is remote, and shifting cultures are resulting in happier workers.