The other day I was writing a cheque for something (I know what you are thinking, but sometimes you just need to do it), and without realising, I had to cross out 2015 and write 2016. It is still shocking that we are moving quickly through another great year. Even though we are a tad bit late for those New Year’s Resolutions (that never really work out anyway), we are not too late to make 2016 the year we make our work lives more manageable.
RingCentral recently acquired Glip INC, a cloud messaging and collaboration company. Glip serves diverse teams and helps them be more productive with team messaging closely integrated with task management, group calendars, notes, annotations, and file sharing. Glip is now included in any RingCentral package.
Now, I can tell you what it’s supposed to do, or allow me to discuss why, after a few solid months of usage, I genuinely choose to use Glip for my daily activities. As with any new product or technology adoption, it sometimes takes time to adjust behaviours. Here are three behaviours that you will want to change this New Year using Glip…just like I have.1) Life is too short. Stop going to so many meetings
The best performing organisations are highly efficient with their time. However, this does not always translate to fewer meetings
. Sometimes meetings can be highly productive and rewarding events. For example, a brainstorm session about the next breakthrough product feature or a “how to improve the customer on-boarding experience” are both invaluable types of meetings where some of the best work happens.
But often it’s the case that we meet in order to get caught up, review project status, or simply because it's recurring and on the calendar already. We could do these through email, but often don’t because it just isn’t effective for this type of conversation. So what do you do? You try something built to help a team work together that will save time instead of add to your already crazy workload.2) Automate your workload and take the process out of process
So you were able to cut back on some meetings. Great start. But what about the to-do lists, calendaring, and file sharing that come with those in-person interactions? We can manage most everything in Outlook if we want. But that’s the important piece: if we want. But like the kid who just gets used to grabbing that second handful of Oreos, bad behaviours are hard to let go. Or so we thought. Glip wants to make this easy
. So now you just open your calendar or to-do list and have what you need right in front of you. Want to share a file
with one colleague or a whole team? Go for it. It’s ready to go. Want to share that awesome GIF that just typifies an exchange you had earlier? Yep, you can do that too.3) Uh oh, someone doesn’t want to take a phone call
I hate talking on the phone. There, I said it. When my phone rings my first thought is coming up with a good excuse for not answering. And so, generally, perhaps more than I should, I ignore it. And then I text the caller. It feels good to be honest. This morning I had an online meeting
with a colleague in another time zone. We messaged files back and forth and ultimately made decisions that would impact the next few months of work. We took notes and shared those after. And we did this all from Glip. It’s all saved, it’s all ready to access or share with anyone else who might join our project. And this is what makes a thoughtful product great: you stop thinking and you start working. You don’t have to think about the medium, you just get your work done.
And that’s why, if you haven’t yet, you should get started with Glip today
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Article Contributor: Evelin Goldstein - EMEA Marketing Manager, RingCentral