Five ways working out loud can improve communication across your SME

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Countless businesses are beginning to adopt the working out loud ethos for themselves, and it hasn’t taken them long to reap the benefits. Working out loud can help businesses to foster creativity, encourage collaboration, save money and pursue growth, but it isn’t only for the big boys. SMEs just like yours can benefit from working out loud too, and one of the most significant improvements you’ll notice from this new approach to work is in terms of communication. Take ...

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Five benefits of working out loud for charities

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Today’s charities are using technology to increase donations, identify new opportunities and carry out campaigns. However, even with the uptake of this new technology many charities aren’t using it to its full potential. Previously on the Work Out Loud blog we’ve explained the concept that name inspired our name. In short, working out loud involves working collaboratively – staff members make their work observable to others in the organisation and narrate their working processes in order to encourage feedback. ...

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Working out loud in action: Crowdbait case study

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Working out loud may appear an abstract concept to those companies who continue to use offline, traditional methods of working, but it’s one that has become a bona-fide and successful approach to work for thousands of companies across the UK. These companies make use of collaborative software suites such as Google Apps for Work to work flexibly and efficiently. One such company is Crowdbait, a content marketing agency based in York with a second office in London. Crowdbait ...

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How to improve communication in the working environment

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Even when practically the entire workforce lived a 9-5 lifestyle, internal communication was a challenge to all but the smallest businesses. Every business has to deal with long, complex email chains, miscommunication with clients and the tedium of meetings that extend well past their allotted timeslot. Now that the workforce increasingly operates away from the office, communication has become even more important. Thankfully, technology has developed too. Small businesses, multinational companies and charities can all take advantage of cloud services ...

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Are you withholding feedback? Five tips to improve management from a distance

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The way that we work is changing, and employers’ management styles must adapt in turn. While some employers have embraced the move to flexible and distance working – adopting collaborative software such as Google Apps for business to enable distance workers to be equally as efficient as office-based staff – others remain sceptical of its benefits. In many cases, this is because managers continue to apply the management practices that they use for office-based staff on their distance workers. Instead, ...

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Time for your charity to ‘go Google’?

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At the NCVO Evolve 2014 conference, Work Out Loud ran a fringe meeting on Why your charity should ‘go Google’. Danny Golding, Work Out Loud’s Managing Director, argued that many charities would see real benefits from moving to Google Apps because it would:

  • Help them to reduce costs as it is simple to support, and there is no need to have local servers or networks
  • Make it easier for staff and volunteers to share information and collaborate with each other
  • Support partnership working ...
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