The Internet and smartphones have given businesses the opportunity to stay connected with each employee and partner worldwide, but this does not mean that the process is as streamlined as it could be. For example, businesses that rely primarily on email to exchange ideas and documents are subject to the restrictions that are imposed by this format such as messages getting lost in cyberspace and miscommunication.
Due to this, it is wise for business leaders to virtually connect in a shared space. Unfortunately, many of the platforms that offer this service charge an exorbitant fee. Additionally, it can be difficult to find a provider that offers every sharing tool that your company needs.
Telecommuting and Business Travel
The latest statistics indicate that approximately 3.2 million Americans telecommute, and research has found that they are 13 percent more productive than people who work in a traditional office setting. When you combine this with the estimated annual savings to each business of $2,000 per telecommuting employee, it is easy to understand why so many employers find this idea to be very appealing.
On the flip side, there needs to be a simple way for employees who are telecommuting and traveling for business to participate in collaborative projects. Although some companies turn to services such as Skype to keep people connected, this offers limited functionality for some of the most important aspects of collaborating.
After all, there is no way to talk, send each other files, work together and attend to other project management details from one combined online environment. At best, Skype enables users to communicate more effectively because they are face to face, but even this is hindered by the limited number of people who can participate at one time.
A Shared Platform
Instead of struggling to get everyone on the same page by using multiple different apps and online platforms, business owners can adopt one simple solution: Wrike. This project management and collaboration company was first founded in 2006, but they took a huge step forward last year after utilizing $10 million in funding that was raised via Bain Capital. Now this shared platform gives users the ability to see and complete tasks, discuss projects with clients, collaborate with coworkers within a workspace and share documents with each other without needing to switch to their email or browser.
If you are already using tools such as Google Drive, WordPress and Dropbox, you will be able to integrate them seamlessly into the Wrike platform. There is also a Google Chrome extension that gives users the ability to click one button on their Chrome taskbar to create an actionable task. Your team can sync their calendars via Wrike, and there are apps for iOS and Android to keep everyone connected no matter where they are in the world.
Since 2006, Wrike has signed up more than 6,000 paid customers, including teams from prominent businesses such as eBay, Google and Stanford. In 2014, they were named by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in Social Software and Collaboration, and they also offer support for 10 different languages. With this type of backing, it is no surprise that Wrike consistently receives high praise from users for making it simple to collaborate with people worldwide. In the business world, completing projects in a timely and accurate matter is critical, and this makes a collaboration tool a necessity.