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.

Is Telecommuting Right for your Organization?

As a result of the technological advances that have occurred to promote web-based collaboration in the workplace, telecommuting is quickly becoming a standard to the current workforce.  Telecommuting is defined as a working arrangement in which employees are able to work from a location other than the normal work-site and utilize technology to complete their work and communicate with co-workers, customers, and managers.  In an effort to remain competitive in the market and provide a working environment that provides employees with the work/life balance they are looking for, you may want to consider implementing a telecommuting plan in your organization. Many factors need to be addressed and researched before you decide if telecommuting is right for your organization.  Before taking the next steps to creating a telecommuting plan, it is important to consider many factors including contractual and customer requirements.  The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology has written a white paper on telecommuting from a scientific perspective.  Please read more.

The Virtual Project Manager: 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.

Manage Your Virtual Boss

Author Carmela Southers talks about her book, Managing Your Virtual Boss- 140 Ways To Make the Virtual Organization Work for You. Southers provides practical tips that include classic strategies like how making your boss more effective ensures your own success. She also shares how although many bosses have had leadership training, leading in a virtual way is generally new to managers. It’s more important to keep your boss updated on what your doing since he or she has less of an idea if you are working virtually. Southers also gives advice about how to toot your own horn without sounding like a jerk and why you should highlight your own accomplishments. Read more at Managing a virtual boss.

Essential Healthy Habits for Virtual Workers

If your daily routine doesn’t include a commute that gets you out of your chair and out of the house – get moving, get organized and get in touch. Physical exercise gets your blood moving and keeps you in shape, which keeps you productive. We chose virtual work to remove the commuting stress from our lives and boost our wellbeing. So enhance that choice by staying physically active. We also wanted to work from anywhere, so make wherever you work count by organizing your space and filling it with things that inspire you. We didn’t necessarily choose to be alone while working, so connect to your colleagues and friends to stay motivated and sharpen your learning curve. Try these 7 Healthy Habits for Successful Virtual Workers (Part 1) and Part 2

How to Beat Remote-Work Isolation

Isolation is one of the primary downsides to working remotely. Not only do we miss the opportunity to socialize and vent about work frustrations, but we may also be missing promotion opportunities and career advancement. As with any smart career move, you need to create a plan to combat these isolation roadblocks. Learn strategies to beat remote-work isolation in the Washington Post article, An isolation solution: How to conquer the most common peril of working at home

Develop a Smart Balance

Citing an article from the Atlantic, Laurent Haug points out how virtual work can answer some of our current culture’s questions about women “having it all.” As women struggle with work-life balance and the ideals of family and career, finding the right equation between office and home is essential. The Atlantic article details how virtual work for one female executive actually enhances her role as a manager. She describes how the time away from the bustling office gives her a chance to think strategically about her work. Haug makes the case, however, that balancing face time and alone time is an important factor in making remote work a success. Read more at Can remote work close the gender gap?