Which Kind Of Team Member Are You?

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Online collaboration tools are making it easier for teams to be better organized and more coordinated, to help them reach their team goals more efficiently. But collaboration and using the tool effectively also depends on team members and their ability to work as a team.

Each team member has a different mindset or thought process and getting everyone on the same wavelength can be quite challenging. Team leaders need to encourage team members, so that they adopt the collaboration tool more readily and work better as a team.

Here are a few kinds of team members you might have come across:

BozzillaBoss-ooka

This team member takes charge of the team a.k.a BOSS. Bozzilla lays down the rules and more often than not tries to doggedly convince or if that’s not possible confuse the team about certain decisions and how they are right. This team member however is prepared to take the blame, for any team mishaps or issues.

“Think Team” Solution:  Patience and a more passive than aggressive tone might help while trying to convince Bozzilla on what’s best for the team.

Side-KickGrumpy Grumpleston

The motto of this team member would be “ It’s the BOSS’s way or the highway!” Side-Kick will nod in agreement to everything BOSS says. Anytime BOSS looks vulnerable and is being cornered, Side-Kick will instantly jump to BOSS’s defense. This member is assured a place in the team by standing guard for BOSS at all times.

“Think Team” Solution: Get BOSS’s nod of approval, which will be a direct command to Side-Kick to step in line and work with the team.

The SaintThe Saint

This team member will be the most wise and practical member of the team.  Will be very knowledgeable and would be the one to counter BOSS’s decisions with rational arguments. If there is one person who can convince the BOSS, it is him.  This member is the one that holds the team together and is the rock that the team leans on during tough times.

“Think Team” Solution:  The Saint is already a team player and always thinks in the interest of the team.

Grumpy GrumplestonThe Zombie

“I should have been BOSS”, is what this team member broods over almost everyday! You will not find a more disinterested and critical person in the team.  Although very knowledgeable, getting Grumpy to share some knowledge is next to impossible, unless you literally beg for it. But if you get into Grumpy’s good books, consider it a boon because this member will be the most helpful person around.

“Think Team” Solution: Keep reminding Grumpy about how knowledgeable he is and how valuable his contribution is for the team.

Mr. Goody Two ShoesSide-kick

This team member will be the most social and diplomatic person in the team. Goody Two Shoes will try pitching ideas but will not push for them and agree to do whatever task is given, like it or not. This member knows how exactly to handle each member of the team and makes sure of being in everyone’s good books.

“Think Team” Solution: Tell Goody Two Shoes its NOT OK to be OK with everything and needs to strongly voice thoughts and ideas if they would benefit the team.

ZombieGoody Two Shoes

This team member like Grumpy Grumpleston will hardly get involved in team discussions. Zombie just goes with the tide and is prepared for ideas to be shot down. This member pretends to be oblivious to everything else and will always seem to be involved with work. Zombie may seem aloof but is very reliable when it comes to completing tasks.

“Think Team” Solution: LISTEN and be more open to ideas  or suggestions of Zombie but you also need to be a bit stern in asking him to get more involved with the team.

Were you able to relate with any of the above team members? You could even share with us some that you have in mind.

Disclaimer: These are just random observations and in no way is my writing targeted at any specific individual, who might think I have a bone to pick with them. Peace!

 

Dropbox Integration : Be In Sync With Your Dropbox Files From Zoho Docs

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Dropbox has become synonymous with online storage and file sharing and is used extensively to store documents, photos, videos, etc. This is the reason we have been getting constant requests from users for Zoho Docs and Dropbox integration.  The wait is finally over! We are very happy to bring you the Zoho Docs and Dropbox integration that lets you sync your Dropbox files with Zoho Docs.

For regular Dropbox users, this integration opens up options beyond storage and sharing, such as document editing and collaboration. Zoho Docs offers users in-built editor apps to edit their documents or collaborate on documents and work as a team, from one common workspace. Also, Zoho Docs users will now be able to synchronize and access their files across multiple computers and mobile devices, through Dropbox.

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Here is what you get with the Zoho Docs and Dropbox integration:

Selective And Effortless Dropbox Folder Sync

Zoho Docs allows you to select folders from Dropbox and sync it with Zoho Docs. This ensures that you can access only the files you want to access in Zoho Docs rather than having all your Dropbox folders synced, which will make managing your files less confusing. Once you have chosen your Dropbox folders the syncing of the folders is an effortless process. All you have to do is just click on a sync button for hassle-free syncing.

Edit Dropbox Documents With Zoho Editors

This integration is not just about syncing your Dropbox files but also being able to edit documents, with our in-built editors. You can edit word documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly in Zoho Docs, without having to download third-party editor apps.

Sync Zoho Docs Files Between Computers Through Dropbox

Keeping in mind Dropbox’s wider usability, this integration also makes it possible for you to access your Zoho Docs files right from within Dropbox. When you sync your Dropbox files with Zoho Docs there is a two-way sync taking place, which will give you the added advantage of  being able to access your Zoho Docs files across  multiple computers or mobile devices, through Dropbox.

Seamless Two-Way Content Synchronization

If you are a user of Dropbox, you will be familiar with the two-way content synchronization between the web app and the desktop app.  The Zoho Docs and the Dropbox sync functionality works in a similar manner. If you edit content of a Dropbox file in Zoho Docs, the content change will take effect in Dropbox too and vice versa. You can be sure that your content is always up to date, whether you view the file in Zoho Docs or Dropbox. It will also make for smooth content transition from and to Dropbox.

Figuring out how to sync your Dropbox files with Zoho Docs is a pretty easy and straightforward process. All it will take is a couple of minutes to sync your files.

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Register for our webinar for a demonstration of all the functionalities of this integration. We will be hosting the webinar on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:00 am PDT.

We are pleased that we have been able to integrate with Dropbox and would like to thank the Dropbox team for their help and assistance while developing this integration.

Hope you find this integration useful for your document management.  We would love to hear your feedback. Do post your comments and suggestions.

 

Zoho Docs 3.0 Released With New Features And Enhancements

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Zoho Docs upgraded to the new 3.0 version. Our focus for this version, is enhancing the file sharing and collaboration experience. We have made file sharing more tightly integrated and seamless, across all the office apps. On the collaboration front, we have diversified the workspace admin role, which will make managing a workspace much easier.

Here is a summary of what’s new in Zoho Docs 3.0:

Share Files As A Link

Now you can share files quicker, as a link. You just have to copy and paste a link in an email, IM, blogs etc, to share the file.This new feature also adds flexibility to how you choose to share your files. You can keep the file private by sharing the link within the organization through a common website or blog. You can also make it public and make the link accessible to anyone by adding it in a public website, blog or forum.

Transfer Ownership Of A Document In A Workspace

What if a user leaves the organization and all the documents created by him, which hold important information, are inaccessible? This is the reason why we have brought in the functionality for administrators to transfer ownership of a document, from the one who created it to another user in the organization. With this feature administrators can ensure that all documents are accessible.

Multiple Admins For A Workspace

Previously the one who created the workspace i.e the owner, by default was the only admin for it. Now the owner can assign the admin role to other workspace users. This will make it possible for other users to manage a workspace, in the absence of the owner. As an admin they can add or delete documents, change workspace access roles and also delete users from the workspace.

Grey Theme, Auto-Save And Auto-Suggestion For Spreadsheets

Zoho Sheet now sports a new look with a grey theme. The move was made to keep it in tune with Zoho Docs and Zoho Writer, so your experience with the office suite is more standardized.

The auto-save functionality has been added to spreadsheets, so changes made to a document, will be automatically saved. You don’t have to hit that “Save” button, every now and then and can carry on with your work uninterrupted. We’ve also added the auto-suggestion feature that will allow you to enter data faster. This is quite useful when you have to repeatedly enter the same values in a column.

Collaboration Notifications And Object Smart Guides For Presentations

A very useful functionality has been added to enhance collaboration, while working with presentations, using Zoho Show. You will now be able to see who is editing the presentation and know exactly which slide they are working on, through real-time notifications.

For objects and images, smart guides have been added. Smart guides are the dotted lines that appear by default, when you try to position an object on a slide. The smart guides will come in handy when you are aligning multiple objects and will help you position them in the right place.

Add Task Reminders

The main purpose of task management in Zoho Docs is to keep track of what work needs to be completed by other users. Now, wouldn’t you also like to keep a track of work that needs to be completed by you? That’s why we’ve added Task Reminders. You can add a task reminder for your documents, so you know which tasks you have to complete and when. This will help you prioritize and organize your work better.

We would like you to try Zoho Docs 3.0 new features and enhancements and give us your feedback.

 

 

Save Paper With Online Document Management

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Here are some startling facts I came across online, about paper and its consumption in the US:

  • Every year the U.S. uses nearly 3.7 million tons of paper – that is more than 700 billion sheets
  • A Xerox survey reveals that U.S. office workers print more than 1,000 pages a
    month; the national annual average is 10,000 – 12,000 sheets per worker
  • Other studies by Xerox  reveal that office workers throw away 45 percent of their documents within 24 hours of printing them
  • With all the office paper businesses waste every year a 12-foot high wall of paper from New York to California could be built.
  • It takes one 15-year old tree to produce half a box of paper.
  • 10,000 sheets of paper per year are used by a single US office worker. If a box of paper contains 5,000 sheets and costs $32, that’s $64 and 4 trees per employee. For an office of 100 employees, that’s a whopping $6400 and 400 trees!


From the 
the facts mentioned above you can see that offices use vast quantities of paper, which mostly end up as waste. This is where online document management services such as Zoho Docs can help businesses reduce their usage of paper.

By using document management services such as Zoho Docs, you no longer have to create documents on paper. Instead, you can create, store and share your documents online. This not only leads to reduced paper consumption but increases the efficiency at work, saves time, money, and resources.

So, how would your business benefit going the paperless route, by using online document management ?

Save time: Reduce time spent on searching for a document from hours to minutes

Save Office Space: Reduce file cabinet and storage space in your office, making your work environment clutter-free.

Access anytime anywhere: 
Store all your files online and access them from anywhere

Get Quicker access to information: Get all your documents organized in one place and retrieve the required document with ease

Safety and Security: Set access privileges for documents so only the people you want to share the document with get to access it. You no longer have to worry about a document getting lost or misplaced. And lastly…

Go Green:  Reduce the amount of paper you use. The less paper we use, the less trees are cut down, which would be a step in saving our fast diminishing natural environment.

Zoho Docs is helping businesses save paper and go green by offering online document management. We would like to know if there is anything that you’ve done or you would suggest to “save paper”?

Cops Save Paper With Zoho Docs

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A small police department of the Delaware County in Pennsylvania, USA, are not only saving lives but paper too. They have decided to go paperless by storing all their documents online and Zoho Docs has been chosen for their online document management.?

According to officers at the police department, this move would enhance communications between the public and the police. With this system in place the public would be able to get forms online, saving both the public and police personnel a lot of time and effort. 

Officers also noted that with the tremendous volumes of documents stored, some documents are stuck into a file and never seen again. They felt it’s a waste of paper and more importantly time, as it sometimes takes an hour for a secretary to retrieve a document. But with Zoho Docs, the police department is able to store their files online securely, organize them neatly into multi-level folders and with the full-text search feature, it’s easier to find and access them. Also, with its affordable pricing, it was within the budget of the department. 

Read the full article by Linda Reilly in The Delaware County Daily Times – ‘East Lansdowne cops going paperless