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Breaking through silo structures, increasing efficiency and motivation – with social collaboration

Digital forms of communication and collaboration are becoming increasingly important in the current climate of digital transformation. In addition, social collaboration is an important prerequisite for a successful digital transformation. This is demonstrated by the results of the “German Social Collaboration Study” by the management consultancy Campana & Schott and the Department of Business Informatics at the Technical University of Darmstadt. What opportunities are there in social collaboration? And why are knowledge transfer and silo removal so crucial?

Fast and innovative through collaboration and transparency

Businesses are only as fast, flexible and innovative as the people who work there.

In this exciting time defined by the challenges of digitalization, it is therefore essential to focus on our own employees. We all can and must become the drivers of change together.

The new framework and requirements that the so-called VUCA environment entails require new structures and fundamental cultural changes in organizations. Today, a company’s agility and innovativeness are crucial.

But how do you make it possible for your own employees to network with each other in a clever way?

Social collaboration tools are the answer.

The “German Social Collaboration Study” confirms this: digital tools break through silo structures.

From hierarchy to network

So, it’s little wonder that more and more people are hearing about the importance of bottom-up actions. Only those who are allowed to help shape change can sustain change as well. But operating entirely without a “top-down” presence does not work either. Managers are in demand and have to give clear signals. At best, they should live up to what they preach.

The solution here is a good balance between top-down signals and bottom-up initiatives, between innovation and efficiency (organizational ambidexterity). Social collaboration tools can be used to create areas of experimentation and innovation in which employees may try out and develop solutions. This enables and promotes communication, collaboration and networking. Employees thus become more flexible and autonomous. Structures become more agile, knowledge silos are reduced and employees are strengthened in their self-management.

This ultimately leads to a cultural change.

Work efficiency and employee motivation increase through social collaboration

The “German Social Collaboration Study” also has other important results:

  • Those who use social collaboration tools more often are up to 30 percent more efficient than their peers
  • Roughly every second employee has reported a changed corporate culture
  • Collaboration between different teams, departments and hierarchy levels is improving
  • At the same time, optimized processes increase employee motivation

(Source: Campana & Schott)

Are you still missing the perfect match for your internal social collaboration tool?

With our Tandemploy SaaS, we specifically support companies to catapult their working models and structures into the digital age – and match employees for all kinds of “New Work.” In addition, the employees design the often-proclaimed “Future of Work”: bottom-up, self-motivated, integrated into their daily work and fitting in with the respective corporate culture. In a closed space, each employee can create a profile and easily find interesting colleagues within the organization by means of smart matching. Employees can exchange and maintain contacts with the colleagues they find and organize groups and events that then take place in the internal social collaboration tool. Thus, Tandemploy SaaS promotes targeted networking for Work 4.0 and is the perfect complement to your internal tools.

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