You’re wasting time because of too much email, pointless meetings and interruptions by fellow workers. That was the conclusion by Atlassian in a recent infographic. The company is now doing its part to combat time wasting, with an update on Labor Day to its Confluence content and team collaboration software.
Version 4.3’s new features include an all-in-one online workspace called WorkBox, which provides what the company describes as the “essential” social and task management features needed to focus on the task at hand.
Matt Hodges, product marketing manager for Confluence, told news media that the company chose this particular holiday for its release date because it wanted “to take the labor out of Labor Day.” He added that people often end up working weekends and holidays “because constant emails and endless meetings eat up their work day and distract them from getting any real work done.”
WorkBox offers a single location for all notifications and tasks, in order to avoid switching between apps. This reduces “context-switching,” the company said, which makes employees less efficient because of the time needed to continually readjust between tasks.
Confluence puts all your tasks in one place
Making Emails a Thing of the Past
Atlassian said that one of the ways WorkBox helps is to reduce the amount of time spent on email and those pointless meetings. It does this by providing notifications within an app, as well as personal task lists so users have one place to track their work, a new contextual task feature that places activities within workflows, and a new mobile interface so that communications can continue anywhere.
In its announcement, Atlassian cited client Brüel & Kjær, a Denmark-based sound and vibration measurement solution provider. Brüel & Kjær project manager Miahi Marinescu said in a statement that “emails are so yesterday.” Marinescu added that Confluence allows team members to “transfer discussion and important materials from email to one central place where everyone can easily find it, comment on it, and find it again when needed.”
Confluence, launched in 2004, is integrated with the company’s issues tracking software, JIRA. Atlassian said Confluence is being used by over half of the Fortune 100 companies and more than 70 percent of the top U.S. colleges and universities.