Collaboration Tools are Killing the Office

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Photo Credit wocintechchat.com

We all gathered around in the office for our weekly product review meeting. In this meeting we review software updates, enhancements we wanted to make, and share any other ideas or news to the team.

We started at the kanban board where a few User Stories were posted. "I think we should make the font stand out more", our environment artist said, clearly pointing to the header text that read To Do, Doing, Done. "Agreed, we should also make the board itself look more realistic", said another. Everyone gathered around the objects mentioned. It was clearly understood by the team what needed to be done. We were all seeing the same bugs and goofiness that goes along with software in real time but in virtual reality.

"Wow. I just realized I spent the whole 40 minutes without looking at my phone!" said our CEO, Mat.  In a world where we look at our phones up to every 6 seconds, this was amazing. It has been proven again and again that we can't multi-task. To be truly productive at something we have to focus 100% effort on it. Here we just spent 40 minutes in a meeting together fully engaged and participating. That is the power of virtual reality. It's fun, like a game in the sense that we can move our avatars around and interact with objects without gravity getting in the way. Here in lies the key to productivity, letting the people be people.

There are plenty of articles, techniques, and tools out there to make sure we focus on our work instead of drifting off to Facebook. Some say to focus on a task for 20 minutes before taking a break. We can download software that blocks our internet for a set of time so that we aren't tempted to drift from our work. A quick Google search for “collaboration tools” came up with the following lists:

  • The 20 best tools for online collaboration
  • 7 Free & Easy-to-Use Online Collaboration Tools
  • 5 Types Of Office Collaboration Tools: Which Is Right For Your Team?
  • 20 contemporary enterprise collaboration tools
  • (as we speak Dropbox just emailed me 6 productivity hacks for you to try now”!)

Feeling overwhelmed yet?

What are we supposed to do with 7, 5, and 20+ collaboration tools? At which point do these tools start to create chaos instead of communication? We believe that your team only needs one form of collaboration: your team themselves. They only need the space to do it in. That's why we created our virtual reality office work space, rumii, and found that was all we needed to stay engaged and productive as a team.

Is your team interested in cutting the clutter and getting straight to the point? Email us at Contact@dogheadsimulations.com to get started today.