Written by Serena Berger
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Collaborating with others is an essential part of working for most companies. Many students hate doing group projects in college because there are several factors with which they must contend: scheduling conflicts, equitable division of work, and personality conflicts are just a few. Since these concerns are likely to be present in any group dynamic, you should not let technology be another hindrance in your collaboration.

Using Applications to Collaborate

If you are writing up a report with co-authors, it has most likely been edited a number of times. Most word processing applications, like Microsoft Word, make collaborating with others easier by allowing you to track the changes that have been made to the document. You can easily see who changed the conclusion and hopefully understand why they did it based on the comments that they have inserted in the document.

It may be the case that you are not able to be in the same physical location for a meeting when you are working with other employees. For example, someone might be on the West Coast while the rest of the team is in New York. One option would be to set up a conference call to deal with the distance.

If computer files are involved, however, you may want to consider using remote desktop software so that you can all look at the same documents at the same time. Combining this software with an instant messaging application will allow all team members to see exactly what someone else is doing and to ask any questions or clarify any important points as needed. Collaborating with others can be hard enough; you can use certain applications to minimize some of the hiccups that you will encounter along the way.

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