June 8th, 2016

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Technology has changed the way we do everything in the last 20 years, so it stands to reason that this applies to how we do business too.

Companies ahead of the pack in 2015 all have one thing in common- they understand the value of new technologies and social collaboration tools to efficiently communicate, collaborate, build networks and deliver work.

At Humankind we have a self-appointed team driving learning within the business. This is part of a wider culture building initiative which follows a whole business session on achieving our vision.

In order to make better use of the knowledge sharing ability of tech, the Humankind learning team launched an internal learning project aimed at getting staff to spend a few minutes a day learning about something new (HR related or otherwise) and then sharing it with the rest of the team on Yammer so that everyone could benefit.

We shared a few through social media and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from people all over the world wanting to join in and so widened our net- using the #30days30learnings hashtag across Facebook and Twitter to share what we had found with our followers, and in turn learn more from those outside of Humankind who took part using the hashtag.

Check out storify to see what was shared!

We managed to learn a thing or two about technology and collaboration in the process:

  • The best software for the job won’t land on your lap – are you prepared to put aside time to research new technology and make an informed decision about whether it would work for your business?
  • Identify a need before you identify a solution – With so many options it’s important to get to grips with what you are looking for, rather than gravitating towards the latest trend. Alongside this is:
  • Don’t over do it – Using a huge range of different platforms and tools can often end up being overwhelming, resulting in different staff members using different things and a lack of cohesion overall.
  • Make a point of implementing technology properly – If you give your staff a url for a new tool and then leave them to it you can expect a poor uptake and mixed levels of engagement. Without clear guidance your staff will gravitate towards software they already understand, which is not necessarily the software you have decided the team will benefit from using. If possible, find proactive ways to demonstrate the value of the tool you are implementing. #30days30learnings is a good example of how we have attempted to get our team using Yammer- giving them a reason to use it so they can see the benefits for themselves.
  • Utilise your networks for software recommendations – Other business owners are exploring their software options in the same way you are and could be the key to stumbling upon something that works wonders for your team. This can also be true of asking your staff what they used in past employment. In the same breath it pays to acknowledge that there is no one tech to rule them all (Xero do something amazing with WorkFlowMax PLEASE!) Trial and error currently seems to be the only way to figure out what will truly click for your business, however a good recommendation can go a long way in cutting down your research time, especially from a business that functions within a similar industry or scale to yours.

Does your business use collaborative technology to its advantage? Can you clue us in on a miracle piece of software that is covering all of your business needs in one place?


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