Competing fiercely to locate and recruit the best talent, keeping up with the latest technological developments, and playing a vital strategic role in an organization are only some of the challenges HR have to cope with. To juggle these diverse responsibilities, HR departments are required to be smarter, faster and -more importantly- more collaborative than the competition. In fact, nothing can motivate new talent to stay for the long haul like the knowledge that they belong in a corporate culture that nurtures and depends on collaboration. Luckily, there are tools in the market which allow the creation of such environments.

Nonetheless, true collaboration may have somewhat of a different face from what most people assume. It should do more than simply allow people to communicate inside the same building. Rather, real collaboration is fostered when the tools available allow seamless communications across continents and time zones, continuous connection across devices and the liberating comfort of mobility and autonomy.

To be more specific, there are three main reasons why collaboration is absolutely essential for HR:

  1. Remote and Flex Work: The global economy has allowed –and demanded- the recruitment of great talent from the four corners of the earth. This means that HR should have the ability to provide a collaborative culture to every employee and candidate regardless of whether  they can be physically present at the office.
  2. Social Networking: Collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams enable HR to move fast when they locate talent over social media. For example, this tool allows hiring officers to engage a candidate instantaneously, invite them to join Microsoft Teams and even continue the conversation over different platforms (e.g. Skype for Business) both with the candidate and with other decision makers before the competition starts poaching.|
  3.  Employee Retention: Speaking of poaching, hiring talent does not guarantee retaining them. If they are that exceptional, the competition will make contact. This is precisely where collaboration tools come in, as they can reportedly boost retention, especially when it comes to Millennials who value technology-enabled flexibility. Thus, to keep talent happy, HR should invest in a tool which operates on a host of devices and makes communications (emailing, face-to-face calls, chatting), information sharing, remote teamwork and collaboration possible. That is how talent will be encouraged to reject any offers from the competition.