Microsoft Teams: Making Teamwork Work

Microsoft Teams

In recent blog posts, we argued the case for Digital Workplaces.

Organisations that adopt a digital first culture, combined with strong digital leadership, can break free from the limits imposed by outdated systems and outdated management thinking. Embedding technology at the core of everything the organisation does will result in a more collaborative, cost efficient, agile, responsive, data driven workplace, ‘fit-for-purpose’ in a digital age.

Unfortunately, the majority of organisations remain stuck in a pre-digital time warp with hierarchy, bureaucracy, legacy technology, legacy management thinking, siloes, red tape, excessive use of email and a control mentality fossilising old practices, processes and employee thinking.

Teamwork is Critical

Especially in an era of turbulent change and digital disruption, agile collaborative teamwork is the key to establishing an efficient and effective digital workplace. 

With organisations facing the challenge of ‘making teamwork work’, the market for enterprise collaborative software has increased rapidly. A wide range of tools are now available. None of these provide the functionality of Microsoft Teams, especially when combined with the other productivity enhancing collaboration tools available in Office 365, supported by Microsoft Azure.

In a recent e-book, published jointly with Microsoft, we discuss why teamwork has become mission critical, the key challenges facing organisations in helping people work together effectively and how these challenges can be overcome using Microsoft Teams.

The four key challenges facing organisations in 'making teamwork work' are:

Changing Workers

Organisations today have more generations in the workplace than ever before - Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, Generation Z. Empowering such a diverse workforce to collaborate effectively is no easy task. Employees naturally prefer interacting with colleagues of a similar age. But, if you can get everyone working together, you’ll have stronger, more flexible teams.

Changing Workstyles

Today’s workplace must accommodate diverse working styles - a mix of conference calls, face-to-face meetings, informal chats and solo work. The right devices, technology and work space design are critical to creating a collaborative environment to suit all employees.

Dispersed Teams

With the rise of globalisation and mobile working, staff are in twice as many teams as they were five years ago. Often, these teams are spread across different regions, countries and time zones. This has resulted in virtual teams becoming an important part of corporate culture. The right digital tools are essential for these virtual teams to work effectively, providing the right options for how staff work.

Complex Hierarchies

As companies grow, it gets tougher to work as teams. The bigger a company becomes, the more layers of management and hierarchy stand in the way of decision-makers and the key information they need. If employees can’t access the right information quickly, competitiveness and customer experience will suffer. Without a smooth flow of communications, poor decision-making becomes inevitable. The right teamwork tools, the right spaces and access to the right information will help people solve problems faster and be more creative.

A follow-up post will examine how the teamwork offerings from Microsoft can help your organisation work better, more efficiently and effectively, through the seamless integration of hardware, apps and communication tools.

You can download the e-book here - Work Better Together with Microsoft Teams.

As a Microsoft Accredited Gold Partner, Bridgeall can help you build the perfect environment for effective teamwork. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think we can help.