Effective collaboration in the workplace stimulates creativity, drives productivity, and fosters a sense of community amongst employees. However, there’s a gap to address here. 86% of employees and executives cite “Lack of collaboration or ineffective communication” as the cause of workplace failures. While most employers understand that communication is vital for success, they aren’t equipped with the collaboration tools they need.
That’s where the Microsoft Surface comes in. When paired with best-in-class Microsoft collaboration tools, this device can transform the way your team members communicate. The result? Increased productivity that drives revenue and higher levels of employee satisfaction that improves long-term retention.
Here are three key collaboration features of Microsoft Surface devices that can make it happen.
1) Streamlined, Secure Communication with Microsoft Teams
One of the key benefits of using Microsoft Surface tools in your business is that it seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Teams. This collaboration app creates a hub for teamwork, empowering all of your team members to communicate effectively in one shared place. Working together on this cohesive, easy to use, and accessible workspace enables your employees to chat, meet through audio or video conferencing, share files, and work with business apps — all without having to keep track of and switch between various third-party services.
Teams makes it possible for multiple users to simultaneously add comments and make edits to a file that is then automatically synced, so the most up-to-date version is always at your fingertips. Then, the file can be passed along to managers or decision makers who are able to give feedback and final approval in real time. Downtime is minimized when team members can simply work together from any location or device rather than having to wait for a file to be passed along from one person to the next through an email chain or third-party platform. This also means your collaboration will not only be more efficient and effective, but will be safer too. Data security with region-based data residency and data encryption (both at rest and in transit) means all of your files and data will be secure, no matter what device or location employees are working from.
2) Seamless Integration with Office 365 for Business
The Microsoft Surface was thoughtfully designed to integrate with Office 365 for Business. This seamless hardware and software pairing gives your teams the ability to get work done efficiently and effectively. Office 365 includes fully-integrated Office applications, like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, plus online file storage and sharing capabilities that make it fast and simple to find, open, and collaborate on any file.
Office 365’s collaboration tools are available through a subscription-based service. Additionally, with Office 365 Business Premium, users will have access to Microsoft Teams. This even further amplifies the possibilities of Microsoft Surface collaboration. Employees are able to create higher-quality work with Office 365 tools, then share it with their team members so additional brainpower and feedback can elevate it even further. Being able to create, edit, and give approval on one platform means files aren’t getting lost in the shuffle and projects can be completed faster. This frees up time and minimizes frustration for your employees, plus allows you to generate additional value and better results for your customers.
3) Mobility with Microsoft Surface with LTE
One of the biggest obstacles to collaboration in our modern workforce is the fact that members of the same team often aren’t in the same location. Between remote work policies, off-site meetings, and visits to clients’ offices, you will often have employees that aren’t physically working from your office. Whether they’re fully remote or are only off-site for a few hours each day, this can make it more difficult for them to collaborate with their coworkers—especially with the need for a stable high-speed internet connection to get work done.
If an employee’s access to the internet is intermittent or plagued with slow upload and download speeds, it will affect their ability to work and communicate efficiently. This is a common issue, as not every employee will have high-speed internet at home, in their client’s office, or at the local coffee shop they work from. That’s why the Microsoft Surface with LTE was designed to use radio frequency communications, similar to that of a cell phone, to connect to an LTE network tower. This allows remote employees using on-the-go Microsoft Surface tools, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro, to access the internet and any cloud-based apps they need, such as Microsoft Team. This is possible from anywhere they can get a cell phone signal.
Are you Ready to Leverage Microsoft Surface Tools for Enhanced Collaboration?
There are a lot of business collaboration tools on the market—but Microsoft Surface tools can provide unmatched mobility, security, and communication capabilities when used with Microsoft Teams and Office 365 for Business.
At Protected Trust, our goal is to simplify technology while empowering communication. We do this with a vision of a modern digital workplace, built on an ecosystem of Microsoft Teams and the Microsoft 365 platform. By using devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro, your business can get the most out of these workplace collaboration tools.
Is your business ready to gain a competitive advantage thanks to enhanced collaboration that drives growth and revenue? If so, schedule an introduction with one of our experts today! We are excited to help you learn more about what collaboration tools Microsoft has to offer, answer any further questions, and set you up for implementation and long-term success.