Are you a one-person team? Workflow and the Winter Olympics

Workflow is like a downhill skier shushing through gates on a steep mountainside.

The Winter Olympics have begun in South Korea. Even if you’re like me and shiver at the mere thought of racing downhill in 5-degree temperatures, it’s hard not to be impressed with the intense dedication of these athletes.

I tuned in to the opening ceremonies, and it appears the one-man Tongan cross-country team – Pita Taufatofua – stole the show, again, by attending the spectacle shirtless.

Ah, the one-person team. I’m sure a lot of you out there can identify – although when you bring work across the finish line, there are no ceremonies and medals waiting. Just more work.

There’s help: Workflow

What is workflow? Glad you asked.

Some of you may be very familiar with workflow. But for those who have never witnessed electronic documentation automatically soaring through processes like a downhill skier shushing through gates on a steep mountainside, it’s something to behold.

Especially if you’re the only one who does what you do. Because there’s nothing better than finishing your work, clicking a button or two, and then moving on to the next task.

Then – to trample this metaphor into the ground – like a well-practiced relay race team, workflow hands the baton to people in other departments who are ready to take it for their lap around the track.

Wait, that’s the Summer Olympics. Sorry about that.

A metaphor more fitting to this year’s games: Workflow gives you efficiency and speed, like a skater crouching and swinging your arms as you approach 60 miles per hour, circling a tiny track. And you can reach that speed because you’re not bogged down looking for transcripts, emails, or paper documents – it’s all right there.

Whether you use workflow already and are interested in further optimizing processes, or you’re now interested in gaining efficiency by letting go of a legacy process or two, know there are expert coaches out there who would like nothing more than to help you get on the podium.

Because it’s about time you got that medal.

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien is a former radio station mascot. A rabbit, if you really want to know. These days, he’s a content marketing manager at Hyland. The author of three books,... read more about: Scoop Skupien