The Best of 2022: A Year in Review with Spike

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By Spike Team, Updated on February 19, 2023, 7 min read
A year in review with Spike

Welcome to Spike’s 2022 Recap! As we look ahead to 2023, we wanted to look back at some of the top posts that resonated with our readers. From the latest industry trends to expert insights and personal experiences, our blog covered a wide range of topics in 2022. Join us as we reflect on the most popular posts of the year and what made them so impactful. Whether you’re a regular reader or new to Spike’s blog, we hope you enjoy this retrospective of our top blogs from 2022.


In addition to highlighting our top posts, we also wanted to take a moment to reflect on the major trends that shaped the business world in 2022. From the rise of remote work, as a result of the ongoing pandemic, to the continued explosion of e-commerce and the increasing importance of digital transformation, these trends have had a significant impact on how teams operate and the way we work.



The Best Microsoft Teams Alternative in 2022 

Teams Alternatives


As more companies adopt remote and hybrid work models, the limitations of Microsoft Teams have become increasingly apparent. Despite its capabilities for collaboration, the platform falls short in terms of fostering meaningful engagement among team members and providing opportunities for communication outside its messaging system. Furthermore, some companies prefer to use tools outside the Microsoft ecosystem and thus cannot fully utilize the platform’s integration with other Microsoft tools. As a result, many organizations are turning to alternative platforms such as Spike or Google Hangouts to better support their remote workers and facilitate effective collaboration regardless of location.



7 Tips for Improving Team Communication in the Workplace

Improving Communication in the workplace


The past few years have presented many challenges for businesses as they navigate the shift toward remote work. One of the biggest challenges has been maintaining effective teamwork and collaboration amidst these changes. However, teamwork and collaboration are crucial for achieving success in the workplace. In this post, we dove into the importance of teamwork and collaboration and how working together as a team can help everyone achieve their common goals faster and more efficiently while also building morale and camaraderie within the workplace.



Bridge The Gap: Our Top Recommendations For Building Team Culture 

Team Culture


Building a strong team culture is crucial for any organization, as it sets the foundation for effective collaboration, productivity, and employee satisfaction. A strong team culture fosters a sense of belonging, shared purpose, and commitment among team members. In this post, we looked at the importance of building a strong team culture and the benefits it brings to an organization. We also explored the various elements that contribute to building a positive team culture and shared practical tips on how to create a culture that aligns with your organization’s values and goals.



How to Build a High-Performing Team at Your Company 


Building a high-performing team at your company requires a combination of clear goals, effective communication, and a positive team culture. To start, it’s important to establish clear and measurable goals for the team and ensure everyone understands their role in achieving them. This will help keep the team focused and motivated to work towa a common goal. It’s also important to foster open and transparent communication where team members feel comfortable sharing their ideas and concerns. This can be achieved through regular team meetings, one-on-one check-ins and creating a platform for team members to give and receive feedback.


Creating a positive team culture is also key to building a high-performing team. This includes fostering a sense of trust and respect among team members, encouraging collaboration and teamwork, and recognizing and rewarding the team’s efforts. To build a positive culture, it’s essential to set clear expectations, provide opportunities for team members to connect and bond, and celebrate team successes. Additionally, providing regular training and development opportunities can help team members improve their skills and be more effective in their roles. By focusing on clear goals, effective communication, and a positive team culture, you can build a high-performing team that delivers results for your company. We dive much deeper in last year’s blog, so check it out using the link above.



Deep Dive into Teamwork and Collaboration & Why They’re so Important 

Teamwork and collaboration


In today’s fast-paced business environment, teamwork and collaboration are more important than ever. They are the key drivers of innovation, productivity, and success in any organization. However, many teams struggle to achieve the level of collaboration and teamwork they need to reach their full potential. In this post, we take a deep dive into the concept of teamwork and collaboration and explore why they are so critical to the success of any organization. We examined the various factors that contribute to effective teamwork and collaboration and explored the benefits of a well-functioning team.



The Top 7 Ways to Improve Communication Strategies for Design Teams 

Improve communication for design teams


Effective communication is essential for any design team to function at its best. However, with so many moving parts, design teams often struggle with communication breakdowns and delays. In this post, we looked at the various ways design teams can improve their communication strategies. From setting clear expectations to fostering an environment of transparency, we shared some practical tips and best practices for effective communication within design teams. We also looked at the importance of adapting communication strategies to meet the unique needs of remote and hybrid teams.



Top 5 Best Team Communication Apps in 2022 


With the advent of technology and the proliferation of team communication apps, it has become much easier to keep everyone on the same page. In this post, we take a look at some of the best team communication apps that are currently available on the market. From messaging apps to project management tools, we evaluated a variety of options and highlight their key features and benefits. We also provided some tips on how to choose the best app for your team’s needs. Whether you’re looking to improve internal communication or streamline team collaboration, this post was a 2022 must-read for anyone looking to enhance their team’s communication.


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Working From Home Doesn’t Have to Hurt Productivity – It Can be a Benefit! 

Remote work benefits


Remote work has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. Not only does it offer employees more flexibility, but it can also lead to improved productivity. In this post, we explored the various ways remote work can improve productivity for both individuals and teams. From reducing distractions to increasing focus, we examined the benefits of remote work and shared tips on how to make the most of it.



The Essential Things to Know for Chat Etiquette for Teams 

Chat Etiquette


Chatting with team members is a convenient and efficient way to communicate, but it’s important to be aware of chat etiquette. In this post, we examined the essential things to know for chat etiquette for teams. From using the right tone to being mindful of the conversation’s context, we shared best practices to ensure smooth and productive communication within your team. We also examined the common mistakes to avoid when communicating through chat, such as using all caps or sending messages too frequently. Whether you’re new to remote work or have been working remotely for a while, this post is a great resource for anyone looking to improve their chat etiquette and communication skills.



Revolutionize Your Creative Team’s Review and Approval Process: 6 Proven Strategies 

Creative approval process


The review and approval process is an essential part of any creative team’s workflow, but it can also be a time-consuming and frustrating task. In this blog post, we explored how to revolutionize your creative team’s review and approval process. From identifying bottlenecks and inefficiencies to implementing new tools and technologies, we shared practical tips and best practices for streamlining the review and approval process. We also examined the benefits of a streamlined process, such as improved collaboration, faster time-to-market, and increased productivity. Whether you’re a team lead, manager, or team member, this post is a must-read.



BONUS: 10 Actionable Small Business Ideas to Kickstart New Income 

New small business ideas


With the ever-changing economic landscape, it’s important for small businesses to stay adaptable and explore new income streams. In this end-of-year blog post, we looked at some small business ideas that can help kickstart new income.



Wrap-Up on Spike’s top Blogs of 2022

As we look forward to the future of business in 2023, it’s clear that teams will continue to prioritize streamlining their tools and processes. With the rise of remote work, many teams have found themselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of tools they need to communicate and collaborate effectively. In 2023, we predict that teams will begin to eliminate tool sprawl by consolidating their tools and finding solutions that can integrate with multiple platforms.


Another trend we see on the horizon is the development of new solutions specifically designed to streamline remote work communication and collaboration. With more and more companies embracing remote work, there is a growing need for solutions that can help remote teams stay connected and productive. We anticipate that in 2023, we will see a rise in new tools and technologies that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of remote teams.

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