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.

Useful Tools in a Virtual Environment

We are all fortunate to live in an era in which technology allows individuals to work in a virtual environment. A virtual work force can be the most flexible, productive and effective organizational structure. With any organization, there are communication challenges. However, the great news is that there are useful tools that enable teams to work efficiently and effectively. These forms of communication enhance productivity and without getting in the way meeting goals and the mission. Some examples are, Join Me, Google Meeting, Google Calendar, Google Talk, voicemail and email. These are excellent tools for screen sharing in conference calls, as well as more direct project collaborations. Most importantly, is the ability to work with your teams to adapt to a virtual work environment. Please read more

Going Virtual: Modern Management Tools for Bringing Mission, Manpower and Money Together in a New Economy

Today, nonprofits are operating their organizations differently.  There may be no physical office, staff may be dispersed geographically, across multiple time zones, and there may be partners and consultants who live thousands of miles away.  The organization has the same deliverables but must embrace the flexibility required for today’s environment.  With so many pieces of an organization in so many places, how do you manage the key aspect of running any organization: keeping everyone informed, updated, and engaged?  Read an article written by two nonprofit advisory group professionals: Going Virtual:  Modern Management Tools for Bringing Mission

5 Tips for Your Videoconference and Virtual Work

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. This and other good advice from Seamus King gives guidance to anyone moving to a virtual environment. From how to arrange the best lighting in your office for your videoconference to tips on maintaining your professional demeanor no matter how casual your work-from-anywhere location. These nuts-and-bolts reminders keep you focused on your business goals while encouraging you to find the right technology fit for whatever each situation requires. Learn more: Tips for looking good (and professional) when videoconferencing and working remotely.

Using Skype for Remote Work

James Kendrick, who shares insights about mobile technology on ZDNet, talks about using Skype for iPad to stay in touch with your remote team. He likes Skype because many people are already comfortable using that technology, and the iPad is convenient because it allows him to still use his computer while on the call. Also, he says, his iPad gives great call quality. We like Skype for nonprofits because it offers free, user-friendly access. Using video to stay in touch with your team gives the face-to-face factor, which can be tough to replicate in a virtual world. We may be ok with not being able to pop in to our coworker’s cubicle, but we still aren’t great at replacing that type of one-on-one communication as dispersed teams. Read Kendrick’s informative article, Skype for iPad: A great way to stay in touch for remote workers.

Free Apps for Virtual Teams

Looking for a convenient way to manage your team-on-the-go? Use your mobile device to conference, draft documents and more. In addition to mobile access, you can collect all the info for your team in one place as well as take advantage of free services to improve your international call quality. Although the latest trend is moving all work to “the cloud,” some debate whether even the Web will soon be eclipsed by the strategic usefulness of apps. Try these 5 Free iPhone Apps for Managing Virtual Team Members.