Are you already using dashboards and you don’t even know it?
For your organization to be successful, a lot of things need to take place. One of the most important issues lies in ensuring that everyone at your company is on the same page. Not only does each department have to be made aware of how close they are to reaching their targets, but the entire company should know if the overall goal is being met. Companies with employees that believe in multiple versions of the truth are fragmented, and will find difficulty in growing beyond a certain point, which is why it’s important to have visual assistance to keep everyone on the same page.
Traditionally, whiteboards have helped employees quickly identify targets and goals due to the fact that they can visually represent important metrics. However, there are some instances where taking on a “whiteboard culture” isn’t enough for a company to thrive. In spite of its many uses, the whiteboard is still very limiting. That’s why some organizations must adopt a “dashboard culture” by exploring what these “interactive whiteboards” can do for them.
Dashboards are a way of keeping your most poignant KPIs in sight and on your employees’ minds. Like whiteboards, they can be regularly updated with the most important indicators to your department. Dashboards can be set up to automatically refresh, showing you a constantly updated representation of how you’re performing and doing so by using pictures and charts that have high information density. By adopting these digital whiteboards you’re able to make all parts of your company as transparent as possible, allowing all levels of your organization to understand how others are doing and possibly adjusting their objective and actions if needed.
Whiteboards are popular because they allow a team of employees to collaborate in a dynamic and visual way to ensure that everyone is working toward a common goal. Visual communication is more effective than verbal communication in terms of getting people on the same page. With a dashboard you’re given a digital, interactive whiteboard that allows you to absorb information at a glance. With a properly implemented and designed dashboard, you’re able to provide your department with one real version of the truth while democratizing your data within the entire organization.
That’s not to say that whiteboards are extinct. Nothing can substitute the ability to quickly jot down thoughts or ideas that are not fully formed in the hopes of solving or building on them. However, using a whiteboard to report on numbers, benchmarks or goals is quickly becoming a thing of the past. With executive, strategic, tactical, operational and reporting dashboards, your company can start adopting their own specific interactive whiteboards at each level.
Does your company still use whiteboards? For what? Let us know in the comments!