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?
You want to get more out of your workday so you can achieve everything you set out to do. But with never ending email, multiple chat apps, and impossible-to-find information, it’s hard to know whether you’re working on the most important things — or if you’re even getting anything done.
You need a way to work that works for you — and that can adapt as your tasks, projects, and programs change. One that enables real collaboration, gives you the information you need to be successful, and frees you up to innovate and drive better results.
Download this free report to learn how you can take control of the way you work and achieve more by solving for these common issues at work:
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
Your Digital Transformation Has a 70 Percent Chance of Failing. To Beat the Odds, Try These Three Things
by Staff Writer
Digital transformation is touted as a leading force driving IT and business decisions. Despite the hype, it’s not delivering on the promise. In spite of surging investments, fewer than one-third of digital transformations succeed at improving a company’s performance, according to McKinsey & Company.
Yet the effective employment of digital strategies drives key benefits and across business lines, from improved productivity that fuels innovation to better business insights – but only if you approach digital transformation the right way.
It’s not the underlying technology that accounts for the poor performance of so many digital transformation projects. Rather, a lack of organizational readiness is a frequent culprit, including underestimating or not understanding the work and resources required, and factors such as poor data governance and executive cohesion.
Here are three key ways to beat the odds and achieve digital transformation success.
by Renee Coulombe
Digital transformation (DX) is an important step in a company's ability to stay competitive in today’s evolving business landscape. But what exactly is digital transformation?
Some people think digital transformation is providing the newest and most relevant technologies to their employees in order to increase productivity levels. While digital technology is a major part of digital transformation, the concept itself is more complex.
by Stephen Danos
Across all industries, IT departments provide the essential infrastructure for companies to operate more efficiently and effectively. They often coordinate and implement technology on a tremendous scale and ensure business continuity, from installing hardware upgrades to setting up single sign-on to improve data security.
IDC recently reported that when considering a work execution platform, IT departments add adoption criteria that move beyond cost, customer validation, and implementation time. Among these necessary checks are enterprise-grade security, scalability, long-term use, APIs and integrations, and the platform’s access to a partner ecosystem.
When stakeholders want to secure buy-in for new SaaS platforms, IT leaders want to outline value added, quantifiable benefits, and understand why stakeholders need the platform in the first place. However, IT teams that use Smartsheet can access several add-ons, templates, and integrations and Connectors that help improve planning, increase throughput, and streamline operations.
IT leaders can see immediate value for numerous team functions such as organizing your IT help desk, implementing software migration plans, tracking unresolved tickets, and developing new software. Smartsheet provides multiple approaches for streamlining existing IT workflows and managing projects with real-time, executive visibility. Here are seven Smartsheet solutions IT teams can use today:
by Katie Bouwkamp
Welcome to our employee spotlight series, featuring profiles on team members across our Bellevue, Boston, and UK offices. Learn more about the people behind the product and why Smartsheet is recognized as a great place to work!
Kara Lumley is a senior product manager working within Smartsheet’s Product Engineering department. Located at the Bellevue, WA office, she’s worked at Smartsheet for just over six and a half years. Kara was one of Smartsheet’s first 40 employees, starting out on the Support team, then transitioned to be a Customer Success Manager (CSM), and eventually moved to Product Management.
by Kelly Anthony
Which are the best tools for enterprise collaboration? The ones that employees will use, of course … But also the ones that have the strength required by IT.
What today’s organizations need are collaboration tools that first deliver an easy, intuitive, and flexible experience for users. But beyond that user experience the tool must offer robust security, administration controls, and integration with other enterprise applications.
How do you find the best collaboration tools for your organization? Start with a bottoms-up look at what has already been adopted by individual teams.
by Staff Writer
Change is hard – which is why managing shifts within the enterprise has evolved into a discipline in its own right. Change management refers to strategies and processes to support individuals as they navigate and adopt organizational changes, whether that’s expanding into new product lines or adopting a new technological platform.
While experts have been studying the best methods of effectively driving change since at least the 1940s, a recent study suggests that the most effective way to speed adoption in the face of organizational change is to focus not on the change itself, but to emphasize what will remain the same.
Writers and Bloggers from Smartsheet.