Team collaboration very often focuses on documents. How often have you had to have multiple calls and conversations about document edits, updates and changes? Well, it is a whole lot easier to communicate about those documents outside of email and standard (sometimes confusing) document track changes features. Not only that, many document types don’t have any change tracking. Having conversations about documents from within the documents themselves, not only enhances communication, it also improves employee engagement.
This is a pretty sweet addition to improve collaboration. If you were at the recent SharePoint Conference you might have caught a demo of this. The feature is slowly being released to all Yammer & Office 365 customers so expect to live in your Office 365 and Yammer network soon.
With document conversations users can share their ideas and expertise from within the content they are editing or reviewing. I think this is awesome. I can work from SharePoint Online, OneDrive, or Yammer and have access to my content and all of my conversations.
Check out more details here at the Office Blog – I have included a short video on this new feature below.
Using Collaborative Tool to help minimize the impact of the Medical Device Tax.?
As companies continue to deal with the impact of the medical device tax, new technologies and applications can help reduce or eliminate the negative effects. New collaboration capabilities in CRM, SharePoint, Yammer and even Office make it easier than ever to increase productivity of all teams. Teams that can collaborate and help each more effectively can handle high volumes of activities with higher quality.
The 2.3 percent?medical device tax?that went into effect this year has prompted significant layoffs in the industry. This means those still employed are being asked to do more with less.
In 2012, U.S. medical device and diagnostics companies laid off more than 5,000 workers, and employees worked longer hours for shrinking bonuses and stagnant salaries, according to survey results reported on the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry website.
With many positions eliminated, respondents reported working a median of 50 hours of work per week (up from 48 in 2011), while compensation remained flat.
?The 40-hour work week in the medical device industry is a thing of the past,? says Tom Johasky, general manager and president of Medical Device Recruiters. ?Because of economic conditions, companies are asking their employees to do a heck of a lot more than what they?ve ever done.?
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There’s nothing that medical technology companies can do about the Affordable Care Act or Sunshine Act. They’re here to stay.
That certainty is preferable to uncertainty because it allows companies to plan, according to an article on the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry website.
At this point, the U.S. medical device industry “has a very clear idea of what the general outlines of the U.S. health care system are going to evolve toward for the next few years, writ large,” says Todd Evans of PricewaterhouseCoopers. “You have to take things for what they are and you have to respond to them intelligently and you need to begin taking real action.”
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