How To Increase Office Productivity With These Communication Technologies

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Whether you work for a small scale or start-up business or a multinational enterprise, or something in between, fostering effective communication in the workplace is integral to your success. In order to run effectively, co-workers need to communicate clearly and regularly to one another. Without effective communication the workplace can become chaotic with misunderstandings, missed deadlines and appointments, dysfunctional meetings and unproductivity. Luckily there are many helpful communication technologies that can improve office productivity.

Effective Emailing

While emails are a common communication technology that are used by almost all companies today, there are ways emailing can be used to further enhance workplace communication. Some helpful tips include ensuring that all email communications are clear and brief. If you fear that an email is to complex or wordy, it may be better to communicate with that person/people in another way. Also, respond to emails as soon as you receive them, this will speed up the communication loop and stop people getting impatient.

Instant Messaging Apps

Although emailing is a more traditional and regularly used form of communication technology in the workplace, instant messaging apps are also a valuable way connecting co-workers. Instant messaging is similar to text messaging, as they also send messages directly between two or more people instantly. Instant messaging apps, however, operate online, so as long as you have some sort of Internet connection, you can communicate with others. There are many different forms of IM available and most allow you to send and receive regular messages, audio messages, photos and videos with one another, providing all of your co-workers have the same instant messaging app.

Yammer

Yammer is a private social network that is used by over 200,00 companies the world over. The network helps you and your company meet all of your demands. The network is available on computers and on mobile and portable devices, which means that you can stay connected to work wherever you go. Yammer’s collaborative software and business applications allow everybody within a company to get connected to their co-workers and stay connected. The network allows users to share information across teams and divisions and helps organise and run projects more smoothly.

Intranet

Intranet is the general term for a collection of private computer networks connected wit. Intranets are regularly utilised by companies to facilitate communication between people or work groups within an organisation or workplace. At their most basic, an intranet consists of an internal email system and or private messaging systems. These days, they are usually more complex, also including connected Web sites and databases that belong to the company containing company news, documentation, and staff information.

Whatever means of communication technology you workplace decides to use, a strong and reliable Wi-Fi Internet connection is crucial to ensure that these technologies are always running. If you need help setting up or improving Internet connectivity at your workplace, contact am internet solutions company such as My Port.

Will Amazon Local destroy Groupon?

I never asked for them, but I’m now getting regular emails from Amazon regarding local deals. With their massive customer base, Amazon figured out they could go head to head with Groupon with the flip of a switch. Of course they had to start working sales in each market, but they had a built in customer base right away.

Groupon on the other hand has been flailing, and now the company has the might Amazon gunning for its business. How long can Groupon survive like this? I suspect at some point the company will need to be sold off in a fire sale. It won’t be the first Internet company to make the mistake of turning down a massive acquisition offer only to regret it later, but it will probably be on the short list of egregious example for a long time.

View from the Internet in 1981

Here’s some interesting perspective with this 1981 news report about newspapers starting to experiment putting news stories on the Internet. We’ve come a long way . . .

The Net Neutrality Nightmare

With the recent court decision throwing out the FCC net neutrality rules, there’s a legitimate fear out there that the Internet as we know it could be destroyed by greedy telecom companies that creat a pay-to-play system that benefits large web companies and screws everyone else. The prospects for destroying innovation on the web seem real, and articles like this detail the potential threat.

On the other hand, some who have studied the decision see some positives as well.

The real issue will be whether in the future there will be viable Internet access options that permit the free-wheeling web we’ve known for years. These huge telecom companies have these rights under rules permitted by the government. It seems to me that there’s a huge opportunity for politicans to push for net neutrality and the notion of non-discrimination on the Internet. There’s also an opportunity for ISPs who will market neutral online packages.

Let’s see how this plays out.

New beginning for Dell

Dell is embarking on a new beginning, as Michael Dell was finally able to take the company private after a difficult fight with Carl Icahn. You can read about this process and Dell’s plans for the future in this article from Fortune.

With the commercial above, the newly private company is off to a good start, at least from a marketing point of view. It’s nostalgic but it also celebrates entrepreneurship, and it’s a fitting message for this company that was founded by Michael Dell in his dorm room.