The humble bee – great believers in collaboration and communication

Collaborating bees

The humble bee – great believers in collaboration and communication

Bees are one of the most collaborative species in the world, and as social insects living in a colony, they must communicate with one another in order to survive and thrive. Honeybees use odor cues, food exchanges, and movement to share information – luckily for us, humans have surpassed those days.

In basic terms, in order for any species to survive, it must master the art of communication. Even Charles Darwin himself said “Those who have learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed”. This can be said, not only about humans, but about our businesses as their own entities too – just like a hive of bees.

If you take a moment to reflect on the human existence, it really is a vast and intricate web of communication and collaboration methods. And, furthermore, the more methods of communication we create between human beings, the faster we are technologically advancing as a species. The art of collaboration in motion!

In more recent technological times, great communication tools stemmed from businesses, conflicts or national security as a necessity. When you look at the radio, telephone, internet, email and data storage devices (used to share, transfer and save information), all of these technologies originally start within the business, governmental or military arena. These technologies then spread globally, becoming a staple must have in general society. It seems now, however, that the tables have finally turned.

Since the creation of global access (in most part) to the internet, it seems that many digital revolutions have been created by the public, outside of a work or governmental environment, but instead from places such as living rooms. You only need to look at global giants Facebook as an example – created by none other than the 19-year-old sophomore at the time, Mark Zuckerberg, along with his college roommate Eduardo Saverin, back in 2004.

These social communication methods of video calls, instant messaging, instant transfer of files and images (via free platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype) have become so familiar and successful globally, that now industries are looking to incorporate facets of these digital and social revolutionary tools into their every day business practices.

There is a mass digital revolution hitting offices and work spaces/places unlike anything that has occurred in recent times – and although it has been coming bit by bit over the last few decades, it is picking up pace, and industries are realising they need to make these adjustments now – or they will get left behind. And these new communication tools won’t just be for the few, but they will be rolled out across the entire workforce. Enter Cisco Spark, WebEx, Skype for Business and the such like.

With so many of these business communication and collaboration tools now out there, and more emerging, it is key that the right tool is implemented by a business – which is no mean feat in itself. Using the humble bee as an example, there is a distinct difference in communication methods between bumblebees and honeybees, due to the varying nest structures and the sizes of their colonies. So, which tools you chose to use should be based on the structure and layout of your organisation, and which will benefit you the most (or a mixture of them).

In a fast-paced world, the wrong choice can be hugely detrimental – so our advice, do your homework, engage your workforce, and analyse the success of your roll out, in order for the collective hive to thrive.

Just like the humble bee, if you keep your workforce working as a strong unit they will achieve success – and where one flourishes, collectively, they all do.

To find out more about how Tiger Communications can help you analyse and measure your collaboration platforms, you can speak to one of our team today here.