We’ve made it through the first month of 2022, which means most of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions, according to research published in 2020. Especially in the pandemic age, resolutions can do more harm than good; we try and fail and then feel defeated for having tried in the first place. But we’re more than the sum of our outputs, whether those outputs are centered at home, at the gym, or in the office…. So, what if instead of trying to do more, we resolved to do less? What if we tried to improve our relationship with work instead of just trying to do the same old thing and work harder, longer, or more efficiently?
Here are five ways Glean's enterprise search software can help you have a healthier relationship with work this year.
It's harder than ever to separate from our home lives now that many of us are working full-time from home, often using a suite of mobile apps that we wouldn’t have needed to use on site. These apps present us with a double-edged sword. On one hand, we aren’t tied to our desks all day during working hours. On the other hand, being able to work anywhere has turned into feeling like we need to work everywhere.
Besides, finding the necessary information on a mobile device can be difficult, especially because it often involves switching between apps. Mobile apps are a great option if you’re stuck waiting in line at a popular bakery and someone needs a document right now, but it might take you longer to actually find that document than to snag the last morning bun. That’s where Glean comes in. Our mobile app makes finding what you need faster and easier. You can leave your work behind, knowing what you need is at your fingertips if an issue arises.
Without Glean, more people end up getting simple requests for information because it’s easier to ask a colleague than to wade through a poorly-organized swamp of organizational data. Sometimes, this requires a chain of inquiries. You have to ask someone more senior about who you should ask in another division, and they’ll tell you to ask someone else. That’s a drag for you (since you have to follow this whole messy process) and for everyone along the way (since they’re being distracted). But with Glean's enterprise search software, you can find what you need without having to ask your coworkers, and they can find what they need without having to interrupt you.
Fewer distractions and interruptions mean more time spent on your most important tasks—and less time spent on work about work. This extends even to your own output. You may remember the content of something you worked on two years ago that would solve your problem, but you can’t quite remember where you saved it. Glean’s enterprise search makes it easier for you to find your past work, so you don’t have to duplicate your efforts or spend hours trying to track down a memory.
Glean also gives you immediate access to a strong foundation of institutional knowledge, so you never have to start from square one. You can see all of the content that is available to you, even things you never knew existed, like a sales proposal from a different division that perfectly overlaps with one you’re working on. And if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, Glean can help you find how other people within your organization have tackled the same problem before.
With Glean, you’re not just saving time; you also know you’re spending your time working on the right things. Glean’s Verification feature allows you to signal to your coworkers that the work you’ve done is still current. No more creating documents based on outdated templates or quoting an old version of company stats in a presentation to a prospective customer; with Verification, you can be confident that you’re getting the best start possible. You can also request that your coworkers verify the validity of the files you’ve created, so you’re not blindsided by building on information that’s no longer accurate. Less time spent redoing and revising work means more time spent doing the stuff that really matters.
So, are you ready to resolve to do less while simultaneously accomplishing more? Then contact us for a demo of Glean. If you’re already a Glean customer, get the mobile app for Android and iOS. And if changing the way we work seems like something you’d like to help us with, we’re hiring, and we’d love to hear from you. No matter what your resolutions were this year, everyone here at Glean is pulling for you, and we wish you the absolute best at work, at home, and beyond.
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