In connection with the Corona pandemic, people like to talk about an increase in digitization among companies. But managers and employees still suffer from a flood of emails and inconclusive and superfluous meetings. This can be remedied by digital process management, which prepares information clearly and transparently and brings it to where it is needed. For the “Collaboration – The key to success” study, management consultancy Staufen together with the experts from Staufen.Valuestreamer surveyed more than 300 companies in Germany.
First, the good news: In three out of four German companies, the use of digital tools is currently being expanded in a targeted manner. But the Corona pandemic has shown that home offices and video conferencing alone are not enough to take corporate collaboration to a new level. “Many companies have so far simply transferred familiar behaviors to the digital world. This results in old problems continuing to make working efficiently difficult,” says Wilhelm Goschy, CEO of Staufen AG.
For example, the daily flood of emails is still a burden to day-to-day business for 70 percent of companies. Emails clog inboxes of many employees as they are sent to ever larger distribution lists and thus also reach those who are not directly involved in a project. Half of the companies also complain about inconclusive and unnecessary meetings and discussions. Staufen CEO Goschy: “A key finding of our study is that the wrong people are sitting in one-third of all meetings.”
Transparency, prioritization and organization remain a weakness
Despite working in teams, collaboration also suffers because, to date, only a quarter of companies clearly and transparently prioritize tasks. “The majority of managers therefore are often too late to recognize, for example, that individual employees or teams are overloaded in order to alleviate them in time,” says Dr. Andreas Romberg, Managing Director of Staufen.ValueStreamer GmbH.
According to the study results, many also lack organized daily collaboration in digitization. “Getting the information where it needs to go. And connecting the right people to the right processes is still a problem,” says collaboration expert Romberg. “This is because companies have been slow to use digital tools for process and project management.”
“The software solution ValueStreamer® we developed and successfully established in companies is therefore a logical step towards meeting the digitization requirements of companies in terms of management, control, and collaboration,” Romberg continues. “Our digital Shop Floor Management solution enables global collaboration and leadership at a distance in global value networks.”
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Inside every company there is an even better one. With this conviction, Staufen AG has been advising and qualifying companies and employees for more than 25 years. Markets are on the move – the competitive pressure is enormous. Staufen helps to quickly bring about the right changes, increase productivity, improve quality and increase innovative strength. With the appropriate strategies and methods, the international transformation consultancy ensures rapid and measurable success. In order to leverage the potential available in every company, Staufen consultants establish a lively and sustainable culture of change together with executives and employees. The Academy of Staufen AG also offers certified, practice-oriented training courses. From the international locations, more than 320 employees serve customers all over the world. In 2021, Staufen AG was recognized by “brand eins” as “Best Consultants” for the seventh year in a row. According to the renowned industry study “Hidden Champions 2020,” the consulting firm is Germany’s best Lean Management consultancy and was honored several times with the “Best of Consulting” award by the “Wirtschaftswoche” journal.
About Staufen.ValueStreamer GmbH – www.valuestreamer.de
Real collaboration in global value creation networks. This guiding principle is implemented by Staufen.ValueStreamer GmbH through its consultants, all of whom have many years of experience in the fields of lean, collaboration and leadership, as well as an interdisciplinary software development team. The spin-off of Staufen AG pioneered the need for digital performance management and virtual collaboration support back in 2014 and implemented it in the first ValueStreamer® generation for pilot customers. The software solution ValueStreamer® is a logical step towards meeting the digitization requirements of companies regarding management tasks, control, and collaboration. All of the Staufen Group’s digital Shop Floor Management (dSFM) activities are bundled in the Staufen.ValueStreamer GmbH. This enables global collaboration in virtual teams – also in the context of the range of Industry 4.0 approaches. Worldwide. In real time. Agile.