Meetings can often be a challenging, with competing personalities battling to be heard, but this is the way it should be. The best and most groundbreaking decisions are rarely made in a harmonious atmosphere where all the parties agree straight off the bat. Decisions that will truly propel an organisation forward are best made when there are conflicting opinions, made by people passionate about the outcome.
Striking the right balance can feel like an impossible task, but what shouldn’t be holding employees back is the ability to do their best work and submit their valued opinion. Having access to the right information at the right time can be the difference between critical decisions being agreed or not, so why would you allow the potential for your teams to not all be singing from the same hymn sheet?
A recent study suggests that 89% of the population are digitally engaged in some way in the UK. 21st century life would be inconceivable without the 24/7 access to information. You cannot imagine walking through any town or city, without seeing the majority of people either looking at their phones, their smart watches or connected via headphones to their device. The impact of technology is now reaching a point where even touching these devices to get them to do your bidding is almost considered old fashioned, paving the way for voice-activated technology to permeate our homes.
Technology is often criticised for encouraging procrastination, but the potential has yet to be fully realised from an efficiency point of view, let alone the potential cost savings in materials and staff productivity. All organisations understand the value of email versus hand-written communication, Excel rather than graph paper and video conferencing against the cost and logistics of arranging for all parties to be in the same room. These tools should only mark the beginning of a journey towards digital transformation, yet often the hold up to adopting new technologies is not bureaucracy or budgets, but leadership not realising the benefit of technology to their working lives and the tone that this sets for the rest of the organisation.
“Those that work in education are motivated and driven by the chance to contribute to society and help to shape the future, a message that is familiar to us at eShare.”
Good technology empowers your employees and gives them both the platform and the space to collaborate in order to bring out the best in them and allow them to achieve their goals.
Collaboration should be something that is both encouraged and nurtured, as it’s this teamwork and merger of ideas that often fosters the best trouble shooting and creative thinking. Putting restrictions on the ways that board members can securely collaborate will only restrict the potential output of those board members.
Different people work in different styles, so why not utilise the technology available to get the best out of everyone. Instead of allowing resentment to grow against the quieter members of the team, seemingly not contributing much value, give them the opportunity to collaborate and idea share in a medium where they won’t be shouted over, allowing them to reach their potential and put forward a valuable point of view otherwise not heard.
The right technology can inspire people to work more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Those that work in education are motivated and driven by the chance to contribute to society and help to shape the future, a message that is familiar to us at eShare. Our solutions were born out of the pensions crisis and the chance to enable directors and employees at all levels to work smarter and contribute to a better society.
Our software has been enabling colleges and universities to improve their meetings at both board level and throughout the rest of the organisations, freeing up their valuable time for more pressing matters than meeting preparation. If you would like to learn more and receive a free demonstration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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