How Can Asynchronous Communication Increase Your Team’s Productivity

Just think about it: an average employee spends up to 4.6 hours per week preparing for status meetings. No wonder more and more people find meetings a waste of time. According to the Clarizen/Harris Interactive Survey, 70% of people say these meetings don’t help complete their tasks, and 40% believe these calls waste valuable work time.

How can you properly maintain collaboration between on-site and remote teams? Is there a better way of handling task management and the flow of ideas? If you’ve never heard of asynchronous communication, you landed on the right page!

This article will show how this type of teamwork increases a team’s productivity and why it’s better than in-person collaboration. You’ll also learn about the innovation-driven tool that’ll help you easily handle your work tasks. What service is that? You’ll find it later on in this post!

Try Nimbus Platform™ to empower your work with async collaboration!

What is Asynchronous Communication?

Asynchronous work or asynchronous communication is a type of cooperation when a person doesn’t get a reaction to their ideas and tasks right away. Since there’s a time lag between a request and a response, this can’t be in-person collaboration — it’s impossible to handle over the phone, during a one-to-one meeting, or via live video chat tools.

Everyone gets busy and even swamped at work, and loading your colleague with more requests or comments can be pretty stressful. That’s when collaborating asynchronously comes in handy. Here’s what this type of communication can help you and your colleagues with:

  • Giving your teammates enough time to process and adequately think about the solution helps provide a more valuable, quality response;
  • Allocating enough time to give a proper message context and clear explanations;
  • Decreasing the need for excessive in-person communication. It’s much easier and faster to use dedicated tools like Nimbus Platform, Slack, Trello, or even Gmail to share feedback or give a new task;
  • Managing internal documentation in a more organized, structured way.

Async communication would save the time coming up to someone’s desk and interrupting them from work. As for remote teams, it’s a better solution because you get rid of unnecessary calls and meetings.

To provide more context, there’s a quick comparison that’ll show you the main differences between collaborating asynchronously and in-person (e.g., during the meeting or at the office).

Synchronous collaboration:

  • Ensures effective brainstorming
  • Requires advanced planning
  • Fits on-site workers
  • Doesn’t ensure adequate records

On the contrary, asynchronous collaboration:

  • Ensures more productive conversations, and effectively promotes innovation
  • Occurs randomly
  • Is more suitable for remote teams
  • Helps keep records of discussions over time

Empowering Personal and Team Work with Async Collaboration

Now that you know what async collaboration is about and what range of benefits it has, it’s time to look at the ways it can boost your own and your team’s productivity.

Time-savvy project exploring

Async collaboration can help avoid distractions at work, which usually occur every three minutes on average. In-person communication, preparing for a meeting, and unnecessary calls themselves are on the list of such distractions.

To improve the situation, it’s more convenient to share a helpful doc or give the design team a new task via a range of project management tools.

Clear document context for every employee

Document context helps understand why a company implements a new product or service, who and why takes on particular roles/responsibilities, and how it’s related to this or that department.

With proper context in every doc you share with your teammates, there’s a higher chance everyone would understand how to finish a task faster. Plus, it motivates them to generate more ideas and seek creative approaches to completing every assignment better and more efficiently. Ensuring clear context is another innovation driver for many employees.

Proper allocation of roles/responsibilities

Implementing the async approach to communication inside your team doesn’t just drive innovation and effective exchange of ideas. You may also deliver new projects and dedicate roles and responsibilities in a convenient doc format to everyone: from a group of interns to a design team.

Everyone gets timely updates regarding their responsibilities, receives new ones, and gets to see valuable feedback in a well-structured, detailed manner. With the help of dedicated tools, you’re free to create a separate doc for every employee or department explaining what everyone has to do for a particular project. And, if you forgot or missed something, you can always look it up in a doc.

You can also leave explanation notes or a range of suggested options your teammates could use to complete a particular assignment. Such an approach can promote innovation and creativity among teammates as they can come up with unexpected solutions on the way.

This way, everyone knows their roles, and it doesn’t require any random interactions (in-person or via a meeting system) to clarify everything.

Handling Async Collaboration Better with Nimbus Platform™

If you’re looking for effective ways to maintain asynchronous communication in the best way, try Nimbus Platform™. This service is one of the most advanced, high-end tools that facilitates the task and project management and ensures the effective exchange of ideas and feedback. It is a perfect fit for individual and corporate use — especially for partly or fully remote teams.

How exactly can Nimbus Platform help drive innovation and ensure effective communication within your company? This list of its top features speaks for itself:

  • Visual communication with Nimbus Clarity: now, instead of arranging a call, you may simply record your screen and enable a web camera with a microphone to present new projects or a range of ideas without leaving the tool;
  • Super Documents where you can gather everything you need: from graphs and tables to videos and calendar reminders; perfect for sharing new ideas and plans for the future;
  • Video and audio recordings embedded into Nimbus pages to provide feedback to your teammates in the most convenient way;
  • Comments section to make sure all the tasks and feedback contain proper context and everyone’s aware of their roles/responsibilities;
  • Shared pages for both your teammates and clients to store and share all the information they need in one convenient location.

Nimbus Platform helps employees eliminate unnecessary random interactions — whether you’re working at the office or remotely. It’s a modern way to ensure flawless async communication, project exploring, and generation of ideas. With Nimbus Platform, there’s no need to prepare for the call or an in-house discussion. Enjoy a wide range of suggested options for customizable workplaces and effective planning with no meeting tools required.

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