Last week, France introduced a new law requiring that companies with more than 50 employees establish clearly defined business hours, after which employees should not expected be to check their work email accounts. The goal of this, in part, is to reduce the burnout that results from unlimited digital connectivity.
But while easy access enabled by technology certainly has its drawbacks, it’s hard to deny that employees have benefited from its perks. According to a Forrester Consulting report commissioned by collaboration software provider Prysm, for instance, more than 60 percent of enterprise information workers work from home at least once a week. And because these workers are free from distractions, two-thirds of employers reported increased productivity from their telecommuters.
The report suggests that the consequence of not having everyone on the team in the same room, however, is that group interactions are bound to suffer. Still, 83 percent of those surveyed said that with the right collaboration technologies, they could cooperate at full potential regardless of their time and location.
According to Prysm, what is needed is a “cloud-based workspace” that serves as a repository where distributed teams can upload, review, and annotate shared files. These technologies also integrate seamlessly into the existing technology in a company’s stack. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Prysm recommends that companies seek out these technologies, and outline strategies that would help them overcome including time zone, communication,and isolation barriers.
“For a company to succeed today, it must accept that the traditional 9-to-5 in-office work day is a thing of the past. To thrive, companies must provide the right collaboration technologies to support teleworkers, mobile workers and distributed teams,” Paige O’Neill, Prysm’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “As the Forrester Consulting study finds, to keep employees happy and flourishing, businesses need to integrate collaboration tools that help their employees feel fully engaged whether at the office, at home or on the go. It’s a collaborate or perish kind of world today.”