Social collaboration improves team efficiency by 20% (infographic)

Social collaboration is becoming increasingly important within organisations and it’s easy to see why. Research outlined in this infographic demonstrates how collaborative software can significantly improve team efficiency.

According to a recent survey, online collaboration tools will play an important role in 75% of businesses by 2013. As we are already accustomed to social networking with friends, family and (sometimes) customers, using social software to collaborate within organisations seems a logical progression.

Despite this, it is astonishing to see how much time companies waste by using email for internal communications. Professionals send and receive over 300 business emails a week and spend an average of 2-hours a day reading and responding to them. Just as worrying is the number of documents we share using email – an average 15 a day. This makes it impossible for more than one person to make edits and it quickly becomes difficult to keep track of changes.

This handy infographic from Clinked (below) shows how social collaboration software can remedy this. Collaboration tools can help to reduce email volume by 30% and make it 33% faster for teams to draft documents. According to one study, 97% using of businesses using social software said they could service more clients, more efficiently.

It would be interesting to know if your business is using collaboration software and whether these stats reflect your experiences?

The State of Online Collaboration for Business

2 thoughts on “Social collaboration improves team efficiency by 20% (infographic)

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  2. Tim

    We use a number of integrated collaboration tools including Yammer, Skype for Business, WordPress for internal blogs and several others that allow employees to share content and media via virtual communities. However I have also used Chatter and find this to be by far the most intuitive and rich in functionality. SAP Jam is lesser known but also an excellent collaboration tool.

    But despite working for a global IT organisation it is still surprising how many people refuse to engage via such tools or are at best indifferent. It is mainly down to the generation gap as younger people will more readily pick-up social collaboration tools as they have grown up with them. There is therefore a lot of education required to get older more experienced employees to share their wealth of knowledge.


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