You're a creative director. You have too many projects, your staff is already working overtime, and you have no idea how to get it all done quickly and efficiently with your current system. Where do you turn?
Collaborative work management solutions help cut down on the time your team loses attending extra meetings, managing an overwhelming amount of email, and searching aimlessly for the latest attachments and updated creatives. More importantly, an efficient collaboration tool will allow...
"There's way too much work! This is unreasonable!" You'll commonly hear this at the tail-end of a project or campaign when it's crunch time. But what if you're someone who hears it all the time? What can be done to alleviate the constant burden of being overloaded?
The answer is Agile.
Agile is a methodology for project management — a process for managing work that is characterized by constant iteration, constant improvement, and collaboration in order to more fully answer a custom...
We've all had unproductive days. Sometimes it's because we're preoccupied with a big project, sometimes it's from trying to multitask — which (shocker) doesn't actually make you more productive. And then there's the most common culprit of productivity loss: meetings.
Meetings on meetings are a sure-fire way to kill the productivity across your team. Why?
Although it may seem necessary to check in and inform everyone about ongoing projects, let's be honest; meetings are...
Brainstorming. It's been something ingrained as necessary in order to generate new ideas since we were kids. "Time to brainstorm your next science project." "Let's get together and brainstorm some ideas on why Elizabeth can't stand Mr. Darcy."
Brainstorming has been done to death. So much so, that managers have forgotten why we even brainstorm in the first place. Most managers believe it's just the first step to generating the next great idea. And if that great idea doesn't...
You have a project with a tight deadline, which is enough to stress over. But then you also have a cross-functional team of people from various departments who've never worked together before, and suddenly it's up to you to get them thinking and working together as an integrated unit.
So how do you get them to coordinate their efforts and work as a team?
We turned to the experts for tried-and-true advice — their collaboration hacks, if you will — and this is what they had to share...
Conflict is a reality of the working world. You deal with different people every day, people with varying perspectives, opinions, and convictions. When contrasting opinions and dynamic personalities collide, expect conflict and disagreements.
As with anything in a professional setting, a little politeness goes a long way to help diffuse the situation.
But you also need to realize that there are ways to approach a conflict that can still help you reach your desired outcome.
There's a reason why dinosaurs are extinct. And while the exact theory pinpointing their demise is still being debated by scientists (crashed comets? climate change? mammals eating dino eggs?). The fact remains that they didn't survive with the times and simply died out.
Your workplace has similar dinosaurs. Those are the dated work tools or work processes that used to be able to handle the job but are no longer viable in this day and age of increased connection and collaboration....
What are the greatest hurdles you face when collaborating with people across your company?
HR consulting firm Robert Half International surveyed finance and accounting professionals about their challenges when collaborating with people in other departments. Not surprisingly, the responses (in the graphic below) include coping with different personalities, work stress, conflicting deadlines, and communication breakdowns — answers which are pretty much the same across the board.
Here at Wrike, our core job is to foster purposeful collaboration by making all elements of work more clear and actionable. So when Microsoft announced Teams, a chat-based workspace, as part of Microsoft Office 365, we knew it was an important development.
Office 365 is one of the most popular productivity suites on the market and chat-based collaboration tools, such as Slack or HipChat, are gaining deeper acceptance as enterprises aim to take collaboration out of email threads to get w...
Picture this: a team is working on a large report together. Everyone is assigned individual pieces to get done by a certain deadline. Everything's in place and on schedule. However, the team member responsible for the content of the first two sections starts running behind.
“No big deal!” she thinks to herself as she nonchalantly flips through her calendar. “I’m only going to be a couple of days late.”
In the grand scheme of things, she assumes a handful of days is no sweat — so sh...