RTS Labs - November 2018

THE BEST SCI- FI TECH WE WISH WE COULD GET ON BLACK FRIDAY

Maintaining the flow of ideas and information between team members is as necessary to a business as the nervous system is to the human body. Internal communication (IC) is what determines how flexible and responsive your company is to day-to-day challenges. In today’s fast-paced, decentralized marketplace, leveraging the right tools and strategies to make IC engaging, effective, and fun has never been more important. Here are a few tips to help you get there. More Chats, Fewer Meetings Making IC engaging from a leadership standpoint means taking the time to use the right medium for your message. The last thing you want is to have team members sitting through a meeting thinking, “Couldn’t this have just been an email?” Recognizing what you want to communicate and why are important steps in deciding the best way to deliver information. Saving in-person meetings for big collaborative projects and important announcements will add more weight to those moments while allowing communications of lesser magnitude to be handled quickly and efficiently over email and instant messaging. Internal, Yet Global Remote work is becoming more and more common — and it’s a good thing. Research conducted by IBM suggests that remote workers are, on average, more engaged and effective than those who come to the office from 9 to 5. With group messaging apps and cloud-based software, you can keep your team on the same page no matter where they are in the world. The best tools to make this possible will depend on your business, but keeping everyone under the same umbrella of programs, such as Google’s G Suite, is a great strategy to start with. Memes and GIFs Galore A company’s culture exists within the ways its team communicates. Having avenues available for employees to blow off steam, share funny stories, and stay abreast of each other’s lives is an important part of improving retention and company morale. Even spicing up a companywide email with a well- placed GIF or pop culture reference can do wonders to give your IC a voice unique to the culture and values of your company. Finding the styles and methods of communication that best fit your company takes time, but it’s worth it. Not only will creating your own communication style ensure that time and resources are used effectively, but it will also ensure that your team has a voice. Nailing this key aspect of your business will allow everything else to run far more smoothly. Getting the Most out of Internal Communication

The holidays are coming up, and plenty of people have the latest gadgets on their wish lists. From remotes that control everything in your home to helpful robots always listening for voice commands, life becomes more futuristic every day. But we’re not living in the world of “The Jetsons” just yet. Here are a few examples of amazing science-fiction technology we wish we could have on our wish lists. A Lightsaber Who hasn’t swung around a stick pretending to be a Jedi Knight after watching a Star Wars movie? This “elegant weapon from a more civilized age” may be impractical — in reality, a sword made of hot plasma would ignite the air itself — but it’s no less cool. Are we likely to run into a Sith on our way to the office in the morning? Not really, but on the off chance Darth Vader does show up, we’d feel a lot better with a lightsaber on our belt.

The Transporter It’s hard not to have

something from “Star Trek” in every spot on this list, but of all the science-fiction inventions, the transporter is one of the coolest. No more being stuck in traffic when you can

instantly teleport yourself to work. Think about how much easier it would be to travel during the holidays! Sure,

there is the occasional transporter accident that splits your captain into two opposing personalities, but after 40 minutes of high jinks, everything is sure to go back to normal. A Babel Fish This one technically isn’t technology, but we would be remiss if we didn’t pay respect to Douglas Adams’ cult-classic “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Plenty of sci-fi authors have introduced a universal translator, but none have the same surreal charm of Adams’ Babel fish. This living yellow fish hangs out in your ear and instantly translates any language, human or alien. To be honest, we’re not sold on the idea of putting a live fish in our ears, so maybe it’s a good thing Google is getting close to this trick with their new Pixel Buds. A lot of gadgets on the market today were inspired by the pages of science fiction. Who knows? One day, we might be able to buy some of these pieces of tech for our own. Except the Babel fish. That one is probably best left in the realm of imagination.

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