Improve Collaboration Among Your Staff

Collaboration between your employees is vital if you want your business to operate well. You need everyone to be capable of working together, whether they’re members of the same team or they’re in different departments that need to coordinate with each other. Although your staff members might already collaborate with each other, improving their collaboration can deliver a variety of benefits to your company. When everyone works better together, you can produce better results, reduce conflicts, and perhaps even keep your employees around for longer. Take a look at these top ways to improve collaboration among your staff to enjoy these benefits.

Image from Pexels – Pexels License

Update Your Technology

Technology is key to helping your employees to collaborate. When they have the right tools, they are able to work together much more easily. In fact, with cloud computing, they don’t even need to be in the same location to work together. When you use cloud technology, your employees can collaborate whether they are in the same office or in completely different countries. You can use cloud-based systems and software that allow people to access the same information and files and work together to achieve their goals. It’s easy to get started with some cloud-based tools, but you can also switch to an entirely cloud-based system for your business.

Try Team Building Activities

Team building activities don’t always appeal to your staff, but they don’t have to be how many people imagine them. There are many ways to carry out team building activities to help bring your employees closer together. You can choose to do office-based activities, but there are also plenty of other ways to get out of the office and do something interesting. From team building at climbing centers to outdoor adventure activities, you can use fun and interesting things to get your employees to really engage.

Image from Pexels – CC0 License

Improve Communication

Good communication is essential for your team to be able to collaborate with each other. Having the tools to work together is a good start, but everyone also needs to be able to communicate well so that they all know what they’re doing, who should be doing what, and how each project or task is progressing. You should consider the different ways that your employees communicate with each other and perhaps consider the tools that are available to change the way they communicate. For example, Slack can be used to create different “channels” to discuss different topics.

Build Trust and Engagement

It’s also important that people within a team are able to trust each other and that they are engaged with their work. Trust and engagement are two things to work on building if you want to improve collaboration and productivity among your employees. You can try to create a community and company culture that encourages people to trust each other and to care about their work and the results they produce. Ensuring you look after your employees can ensure they are more engaged in their work.

Better collaboration is a must if you want your company to be productive and produce great results.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

Your 2020 Cancer Research Update

The last decade was a remarkable one in the scientific effort to overcome cancer, with investigators making a series of high-profile breakthroughs. Not only are we now looking at the prospect of cancer survivors living longer, but also healthier too. New techniques that make use of the body’s immune system can fight off cancer without the need for potentially harmful radiation therapies. 

Pixabay – CC0 License

It’s not all good news, though. While researchers have made tremendous advances, the depth of the technologies they have developed are immense. Things like immunotherapy and CRISPR have a long way to run before we exhaust their potential. 

Here are some updates on cancer to take with you into 2020. 

The Microbiome Plays A More Important Role

Researchers are coming to learn that the state of a person’s gut health is fundamental to their overall wellbeing. We’re not just humans, but rather vessels for colonies of trillions of microbes that live in the gastrointestinal tract. The health of those microbes can determine overall health outcomes, including cancer. 

Research, for instance, shows that the microbiome can influence the response of several chemotherapy drugs. Animal orthotopic models and human trials both reveal that certain bacterial strains living in the gut are powerful immune signals. The higher the concentration of beneficial bacteria, the more likely the body is to sweep away dysfunctional cells that could turn cancerous. 

Already researchers, for instance, have identified a strain of bacteria that could alter the makeup of the human gut microbiome and promote the spread of a type of blood cancer. In the future, they hope to target these microbes with selective antibiotics, wipe them out, and then wait for the body to return to health. 

CAR T Doesn’t Work In Everyone

While CAR T-cells have proven effective in small scale trials and on individual patients, the data from larger studies is less dramatic. While a segment of cancer patients see a total reversal of symptoms on the CAR T protocol, many do not show any improvement at all. 

Researchers believe that the problem here is subtle. They think that the principle of CAR T therapy is correct and that altering the immune system to go after cancer cells is a powerful tool. But they are increasingly coming to realize that they need to tweak the immune system in different ways, depending on the type of cancer the patient has. 

Tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte therapy, for instance, is another approach that managed to kill all tumors in a woman with metastatic breast cancer. However, we’re still waiting for more extensive trials to see whether doctors can repeat the performance of the therapy en masse. 

Liquid Biopsies Are On The Way

Traditional cancer biopsies are invasive and, in some cases, dangerous. The hope is that with liquid biopsies, doctors will be able to improve patient safety.

For those of you who don’t know, a liquid biopsy would essentially be the same as a blood test. Doctors would send a sample to the lab, and then technicians would look for the telltale genetic and chemical markers of cancer.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂