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Cultivating An Engaged and Collaborative Workforce

Posted by Brian Mansell, Enterprise Account Manager on May 20, 2015

Man on cell phone cultivating a collaborative workforceIn order to win in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, business leaders must cultivate an engaged, productive and collaborative workforce. Yet, a mere 13 percent of today’s employees are engaged in their jobs according to Gallup research.

That means that only one of every eight employees are psychologically committed to their roles, making positive contributions to their organizations.

The bulk of employees worldwide — 63% — are "not engaged," meaning they lack motivation and are unlikely to invest any real effort to help achieve organizational goals. 24% are "actively disengaged," indicating they are unhappy and unproductive. Even worse than not collaborating at work, they are liable to be spreading negativity to coworkers.

So what’s the secret sauce? How do business leaders foster engagement, productivity and collaboration among their workforce to ultimately increase employee satisfaction, motivation and even INNOVATION?

Journeying through the Google for Work white paper series, you will find the following answers:

  • Building the New Workplace explains how forward-thinking companies are embracing the cloud and other digital technologies that enable more effective communication, collaboration, and innovation in the workplace.

  • Creating a Culture of Innovation explains that culture and innovation are not separate, but one and the same. A culture of innovation means that through communication and collaboration, employees use their collective knowledge to create better products and services.

  • The Evolving Role of the CIO shares how critical workplace technologies are transforming the role of the CIO from enforcer to enabler. IT teams are becoming leading agents of change in the workplace.

Google Apps for Work Can Help

Without doubt, other companies have successfully gone Google, but maybe you’re still not sure if it’s right for your organization. If your employees are challenged by working together across time zones or just across facilities, Google Apps can eliminate those collaboration roadblocks.

Once employees realize how easily and seamlessly they can collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, slideshows and more, you’ll see your teams becoming more engaged and productive on a daily basis, as well as on long term projects. Video chat capabilities allow for next steps to be discussed and agreed upon on the fly, rather than waiting for next week’s staff meeting.

Google Apps for Work is simple to set up, use and manage, allowing your company to work smarter and focus on what really matters. Your employees can use any device to interact with their work, just as they currently do now in their personal lives. As grocery lists, personal calendars and photos can be shared, so too can work conference room calendars, client files and strategic plans … no matter the device, no matter the location.

At Onix, we have helped businesses of all sizes seamlessly implement Google Apps. Read why two of our clients implemented Google Apps for Work and the results they achieved:

  • A pharmaceutical manufacturer needed a better solution for the Microsoft Exchange® server and Microsoft Outlook® software for their 600 employees. Onix helped the company migrate to Google Apps in 2011, providing multilingual training to all employees. Employees who had only used Microsoft Outlook for years appreciated Gmail’s user interface, increased storage capacity and speed.

     

    The IT, sales and marketing teams now use Google’s collaboration tools to streamline collaboration and sharing across departments for real-time updates and increased efficiencies. The company reports significant improvements at the IT help desk, where calls dramatically decreased, allowing those team members to focus on more strategic projects.

  • Garland Industries transitioned to Google Apps in 2012, with the help of Onix. With 14 manufacturing companies in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, Garland realized that using Notes Traveler and Lotus Notes was not efficient. Switching to Google Apps was a big undertaking, but the company worked with Onix to go Google step by step.

More than 5 million businesses – and 64% of the Fortune 500 – have Gone Google. Is your business ready? Fill out the form below and see how Google Apps can help you engage employees and increase productivity, collaboration and innovation.

Topics: Workplace Cloud Collaboration

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Brian Mansell, Enterprise Account Manager

Brian Mansell, Enterprise Account Manager

Brian is an Enterprise Account Manager at Onix. Over the past seven years, Brian has focused on helping companies understand the business benefits of adopting Google Cloud solutions. Having worked with many of Google’s largest customers, Brian helps customers understand the options and best practices for deploying Google solutions.

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