Here’s how you can work seamlessly in a virtual office!
If someone told you a decade ago that workplaces will soon go remote and give you a chance to work out of the comfort of your home or while on holiday, chances are you wouldn’t believe them.
Cut to 2018-19, and it is a reality. In today’s emerging work culture that promotes inclusive and flexible workspaces, landing on a full-time job and part of a virtual team isn’t that hard. Established corporates and even emerging start-ups are now bogged on remote working thanks to the many handy tools such as Hangouts and Slack at their disposals.
But why are these tools important discussion points today? We need to look at how poor connectivity and lack of time-tested methodologies and software programmes prevented most employers from taking the plunge earlier. And today, a going remote is a smart way to work, simply because tech advancements enable bringing together the large pool of talent available globally. The top benefits of the handy tools listed below include:
- Companies can hire talent from across the globe
- Reducing costs on workspaces and large offices
- Virtual meetings that lead to quick decisions
- Scheduling tools help save time
- Saving on transport and fuel costs
We have the ever-reliable Google Hangouts and Skype for chatting, video calling and even document sharing. Slack and Workplace by Facebook are great for more real-time written communication and many now use getflow.com for management and screenhero.com (now built into Slack) for chatting and support. Another dependable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars are Zoom. Opt for iDoneThis to be in touch on-the-go and schedule your meetings well in advance. With tools like Hackpad, Asana, and Trello open to the whole team for collaboration and real-time discussions, companies ensure their employees are always looped in. Workflow management softwares by biggies like Zoho, Freshdesk, Nintex, and Hightail enable businesses to do away with inefficient work styles that pull them down with way too much paperwork, and instead, equip them with custom mobile apps and employee-management software packages. This not only helps improve decision-making but also allows for a more seamless workspace that can quickly adapt to changes.