Mars, Incorporated is a company with a proud 100-year history and a strong corporate culture. As early adopters of open offices, phone and video conferencing, you might think that moving to digital collaboration would be easy for Mars – but they have many hard-earned lessons to share.
Jonathan Chong, Director – Digital Workplace & Corporate Systems at Mars shares his insights into the importance of collaboration for businesses of any size, and reveals how collaboration is giving them the competitive edge.
Q: Why does a successful company like Mars need to focus on collaboration?
Mars is doing very well, but the business environment, the geopolitical climate and the public competitive landscape is changing and it’s extremely challenging. So we have to look for every bit of advantage that we can, and collaboration is one of them.
We’re trying to absorb and digest acquisitions, we’re trying to expand into new geographies, and really making the most of people’s knowledge, connecting them to other people, helping them be quicker and make faster decisions, that’s the way we’re going to achieve those objectives.