Culture, engagement and employee retention are pivotal to the success of any organisation - utilising collaboration tools could be a key component to this success.

It comes as no surprise to hear the shift to collaboration tools such as Slack and Microsoft Teams. Widely popular across organisations and industries, these team messaging apps allow staff to participate in groups, share documents and files, and set up video conferencing calls.

The ability for quicker, more efficient communication internally leads to greater productivity and often better teamwork overall.

What are collaboration Tools?

With a large number of organisations now actively using collaboration tools – the next question often asked is which platform is best.

Slack has recently reported more than 90M daily active users and 100,000 paying customers and in 2017, Microsoft launched Microsoft Teams, the benefit is its ability to integrate with Office365.

Regardless of which platform you use, the key priority lies in creating consistency. Research proves that 40% of an individuals productive time can be lost shifting between tasks or platforms. The advantage of being able to share and work on documents in one place is critical to successful collaboration.

However, many organisations are using several collaboration tools, which as the above research proves, may be causing more harm than good. Switching between platforms equates to a lot of valuable time wasted and lost.

Choosing A Collaboration Tool

When it comes to effective internal communication – one widely used platform is better than creating communication chaos.

The best piece of advice we can give an organisation utilising several platforms is to choose one and remove the rest.