There’s a lot of madness going on lately. And no, we’re not talking about March Madness and the kickoff of the NCAA basketball tournament (although we’re equally as excited). We’re talking about the madness that you call your organizational calendar. You know, the one that duplicates events, erases them, and turns into such a cluttered mess that it’s essentially a useless tool? Yes, that madness.
Fortunately, there’s a way to bring some balance to the insanity—all you need is a centralized calendaring solution that can do it for you. Here’s how a synchronized calendar can help:
Improves Collaboration. Calendar sharing allows colleagues to view events and contribute to them. When everyone has the ability to add information to a central location, communication improves and human error is reduced. As you strike down communication barriers, employees will be more encouraged to communicate ideas to other departments as well. And as you know, communication is essential to an organization’s success.
Consolidates Information. A calendar isn’t only a place for you to add upcoming meetings; it’s a great source of information as well. From campus events to product launches, all of your information can be stored in one central location. If you’re concerned about the clutter and being overwhelmed, fear not—the search function allows users to easily find information they may need. This also helps eliminate the middleman many have come to dislike for event planning: Email.
Syndicates Information. Whether you’re accessing information from a desktop or mobile device, you don’t have to worry about missing information, poor formatting, or lack of synchronization. A centralized calendar solution automatically syncs among all devices and can even distribute across other platforms, such as social media sites. With this opportunity, events aren’t limited to living on your events calendar; they can be shared via social media to a larger audience who can then tell their friends about it as well.
Easy to Use. Too often, calendars go unused because they are either complex or take too long to organize. However, when employees can use calendars with ease, they’ll be more likely to utilize them in the future. The same goes for consumers as well. Students at a major university, for example, may shy away from using their school’s event calendar because they find it unwieldy. However, if they know where to find the calendar and the events they’re looking for, they’ll be more likely to reference it again and again.
It’s time to stop the madness. But are you willing to take the first step?
Article by Susan Yee, CEO