Seven Best Practices for Effective Communication

Communication is essential for a thriving workplace but is preeminent in virtual organizations. Virtual organizations need to communicate extensively through email, internet chat and telephone. They must find a way to continuously connect considering there is not the everyday face-to-face contact. It is important that leaders in virtual organizations learn to build trust among them and staff, emphasize team work and encourage open communication. In addition, there must be an effective and efficient solution to virtual meetings.

The Project Management Institute outlines an effective communication approach to overcoming challenges in a virtual environment. Read article The Virtual Project Manager: Seven Best Practices for Effective Communication.

How To Hire An Awesome Virtual Team

To build a virtual team, you must factor trust and confidence into the hiring process. Virtual teams allow an employer to tap into some of the best talent available because recruiting is not restricted by geography. As a result, you find individuals who are truly passionate about what they do.

In addition, you have to create and encourage a culture of openness and communication. Go out of your way to make sure everyone on the team understands business, functional and project priorities. Make sure to solicit ideas and perspectives from everyone in the organization.

When thinking about building an awesome virtual team, some things to consider are: type of team, how the ideal employee looks to you, the interview process; just to name a few. However, there are some must ask questions that Entrepreneur has specified in their article…please read more.

Effective Communication In A Virtual Environment

Communication is essential for a thriving workplace. Virtual organizations need to communicate extensively through email, internet chat and telephone. They must find a way to continuously connect considering there is not the everyday face-to-face contact. It is important that leaders in virtual organizations learn to build trust among them and staff, emphasize team work and encourage open communication.

In addition, there must be an effective and efficient solution to virtual meetings. The Project Management Institute outlines an effective communication approach to overcoming challenges in a virtual environment. Read their article The Virtual Project Manager: Seven Best Practices for Effective Communication.

5 Tips For Virtual Collaboration

Virtual collaboration is the method of collaboration between virtual team members that is carried out via technology-mediated communication. Virtual collaboration follows the same process as collaboration, but the parties involved in virtual collaboration do not physically interact and communicate exclusively through technological channels. Distributed teams use virtual collaboration to simulate the information transfer present in face-to-face meetings, communicating virtually through verbal, visual, written, and digital means. Please read more.

Successfully Transitioning To A Virtual Organization

Virtual offices will become increasingly more common in the Twenty-First Century.  The word “virtual”, though it is clear, comes from the expression “virtual reality.” A virtual company resembles a normal traditional company with the exception of where the staff is located. A virtual office in this era of cost-cutting can save you a great deal of money. Transitioning to a virtual office isn’t difficult with proper planning.

To learn what companies are doing to effectively transition to virtual work, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) interviewed HR professional and researchers in U.S. based and global organizations. There are several factors that influence the success of a virtual environment including: leadership, team work, collaborative technical tools and motivating the staff. Once an organization has fully transitioned, there are many ideas and tips to efficiently managing a virtual team and virtual meetings. read SHRM’s article Successfully Transitioning to a Virtual Organization: Challenges, Impact and Technology.

Telecommuting On The Rise

What’s driving these trends? What does the future look like? And, will the rise of telecommuting mean the end of the office? Telecommuting has been on the rise since technology made it possible. Thanks to technology, we’re always connected to work — even when we don’t want to be connected.

The phenomenon appears to be growing. The annual survey last year by the Society for Human Resource Management found a greater increase in the number of companies planning to offer telecommuting in 2014 than those offering just about any other new benefit.

As this movement grows, being clear about what we mean by telecommuting is important. What we do know is that telecommuting isn’t limited to one sector of the population. We also know that those who work at home tend to put in longer hours and are often more productive. It works best when a company has developed a plan, including the best technology to use. We also know it can hurt an employee’s promotion chances and that some combination of working at home and in the office seems ideal.

Though not all jobs are compatible with all types of telecommuting, when used properly, telecommuting can be a powerful tool to advance and retain the talent that employers need to stay at the top of their industries.

What’s the big deal about telecommuting?

The workplace has changed dramatically in regards to telecommuting. Most of this is due to technological advancements and the entrance of millennials into the workforce. Businesses have realized that telecommuting can lower their overhead, and that employees have been vastly more productive working away from the office.

However, as with any huge company decision, telecommuting is a “big deal” and has its pros and cons. The debates around open vs. closed office spaces are continuing to heat up as you’ll read from this Forbes article “Five Things You Need To Know About Telecommuting” read more

The Field Guide to Telecommuting

The telecommuting phenomenon continues to grow. The annual survey last year by the Society for Human Resource Management found a greater increase in the number of companies planning to offer telecommuting than those offering any other new benefit. Companies are learning what it means to virtually communicate and use technology. Studies show that working from home is longer hours but often more productive. It may take some time to get used to telecommuting. The Field Guide To Telecommuting is a great resource. Please read more

Is This the Year to Make the Leap?

While the number of telecommuters represents only a small percentage of the overall workforce, the trend is clearly on the upswing. If you have dreamed of telecommuting for years, now is the time to get serious about making that transition. The annual survey last year by the Society for Human Resource Management found a greater increase in the number of companies planning to offer telecommuting than those offering any other new benefit. With this information on-hand, what are the best industries for telecommuting?

FlexJobs, a job board for those seeking telecommuting, remote or freelance work, just released its annual list of the top 100 companies that are hiring. The jobs run the gamut from senior and mid-level management positions to mid-career non-management posts as well as entry-level opportunities. These jobs exist in several fields including, accounting, consulting, administrative management, sales, information technology, marketing, insurance and healthcare, just to name a few.

If 2016 is the perfect year to become a telecommuter, make the leap!

A New Year! Telecommuting in 2016

A new year and possibly new changes in the way we work. Should you consider a telecommuting environment? The number of telecommuting jobs continues to rise for employees in the United States during 2015, and there’s no sign of stopping in the new year. Most companies have begun to offer telecommuting as a perk. This allows employees to avoid long commutes, have more control over managing their schedules and spend more time with their families, making workers a lot happier. It is a sense of freedom.

According to a 2009 Forrester report, by 2016, 43% of the U.S. workforce — 63 million people — are expected to work from home; 34 million people already do. This trend is driven by a number of factors, including professionals’ desire to have control over their day-to-day work life. Many large companies track and report the efficiencies and benefits they gain from remote work policies. It’s much easier to recruit and retain great talent when you are giving employees what they want while helping them excel at their jobs. More and more people want the freedom to decide where, when, how, and with whom they work. Do your best to provide that freedom.