We are now in the last quarter of 2020. It has been a challenging and tough year. We have seen and heard from many who rose above this unprecedented circumstances.
Nobody is prepared for this global pandemic. What initially thought to be an outbreak in a city called Wuhan had in no time spread throughout the world. City after city are in lockdown. Lives, businesses, economy and many aspects are impacted.
Like it or not, we have to make new adjustments.
I oftentimes find myself forgot to put on my mask when I got out of my car. So, I decided to put it on the moment I leave my house, get in the car and get out of the car.
Instead of "when can I meet you?", the new question is "when can we zoom?"
Instead of planning for our weekly grocery shopping, we find ourselves reviewing every available merchant online to decide where should we purchase our meat, vegetables, fruits and other essential items from.
So, how about our work? Will it ever be the same again?
How many of you have been attending meeting after meeting over zoom just to get updates and realign with your team? Is this the effective use of your time?
Notifications were created to help keep us on track and in the know, but as with anything in life, they can be too much of a good thing.
Being interrupted with a constant stream of notifications can often derail productivity. After a notification forces a worker to switch between tasks, it can take them about 23 minutes to get back to the task at hand, according to Harvard Business Review. It can be challenging for teams to weave through the noise and make sure they are paying attention to the key information related to their work.
Use these four tips to help improve your experience with automated alerts and requests from Smartsheet:
1. Personalize the Frequency
2. Add Context to Subject Lines
3. Only Include Relevant Fields
4. Choose How You Want to Receive Them
The short-term benefits of automating repetitive, manual workflows are well known: saving time, saving money, and increasing efficiency. But there are lesser-known, long-term benefits of automation, too, and they can have a profound and lasting effect on the success of your business.
Here are three ways in which automating processes can transform your business for the long haul.
1. Focus Employees on Innovation
2. Reduce Risk
3. Make Better Decisions
It’s important for workers to have the opportunity to improve work processes and increase efficiency so that businesses can consistently move faster and innovate. Automation can help free workers up to focus on more valuable, high-impact tasks that help propel their teams, departments, and organizations forward.
by Imran Khawaja
We all begin our projects with clear goals and intent. You may begin by sitting down, creating your task list, and clearly outlining due dates. But before you know it a task has slipped and the due date has passed. I will admit, this has happened to me more than I would like.
I work as a lead software development engineer at Smartsheet, and when planning a recent release event I was our assigned release captain. As release captain, I am responsible for making sure all work items that are required for a successful product launch are complete. That includes following up with our software developers for bugs that need to be fixed and making sure all changes to the infrastructure are completed prior to launch.
We're committed to helping businesses all around the world work better — including our own. Smartsheet uses Smartsheet every day to improve collaboration, manage work in real time, and make better decisions, faster.
With rapid company growth, the Smartsheet Sales and Product Development teams needed to rethink various workflows in order to scale efficiently and effectively.
See how they developed solutions using the Smartsheet work execution platform to plan, track, and manage complex processes.
by Stephen Danos
Construction professionals need ways to eliminate process friction and unify everyone, from owner to architects to subcontractors, throughout the entire construction project life cycle. After all, delays often mean a construction project will go over budget, which is typically unacceptable.
Also, according to a recent McKinsey analysis of construction technology, cost-cutting technologies have gained significant momentum over the last five years.
The Smartsheet platform helps construction teams save money and time, and stay connected, empowering them to improve collaboration, plan better, and maintain control over repeatable processes, audit trails, and document versioning.
Below are many ways Smartsheet empowers construction professionals throughout the seven phases of construction project management by increasing visibility, centralizing key information, and rapid data collection through mobile-accessible forms.
by Renee Coulombe
When it comes to technology, business leaders know there's no such thing as a single platform that meets everyone’s needs. In our 2017 State of Enterprise Collaboration report, 90 percent of enterprise IT decision makers believe the presence of multiple collaboration tools in the workplace has made employees more productive.
But if teams are working across siloed work applications, important information can fall into a void. With over 15 secure integrations, Smartsheet and G Suite are enabling teams to collaborate with precision and transparency.
Learn how these four Google integrations can help you streamline processes and drive meaningful gains for your business:
by Lea Gikas
Today, business professionals are expected to get their work done, fast. Many companies now rely on enterprise collaboration tools to improve and enhance overall efficiency.
The partnership between Smartsheet and Microsoft is built on the drive to create a seamless collaboration across tools and platforms. The Enterprise Collaboration Report shows that customers are demanding tools that allow their employees to work seamlessly across platforms.
True collaboration requires tools that play nicely with other workplace technologies. With multiple integrations, Smartsheet and Microsoft strive to enable this reality for their mutual customers.
Writers and Bloggers from Smartsheet.