Virtual Workplace – Virtual Methods that Engage

What makes the virtual workplace work are the various virtual tools and meetings that connect team members to each other and to their leaders, teams to other teams, and so on. The meetings are supposed to help people come together, align goals, share experiences, and otherwise make sure that the team both functions well and creates a nice, social place to work for its members. It is very rare, though, that virtual teams report that their meetings work like that: often they speak about technical problems, boring sessions and multi-tasking participants. ‘How can we ensure commitment – and keep our people active and interested?’ virtual leaders often ask – meaning both virtual meetings and virtual work on the whole.

Actually, I don’t think this is necessarily a problem of virtual meetings only: it is not so rare for participants in face-to-face meetings to read e-mails or engage in other activities while the meeting is on, or not everybody to participate fully with their best contributions. This means there is room for improvement in our meeting methods in general – and if you virtualise an ineffective meeting method, the result is rather a double frustration instead of an effective virtual meeting…

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Are Virtual Assistants Worth the Investment?

The rise of virtual assistants

It is no secret technology is changing how businesses work and communicate. However, to what extent are we leveraging it to increase efficiency and benefit the bottom line?

Since the economic crisis, companies have taken a closer look at their finances and focused on minimizing costs. The combination of advanced technology and reduced budgets has triggered a rise in the number of virtual assistants (VA). Thousands of executives and managers have thus found value in employing VAs and entire businesses have developed to offer this professional service.

What is a VA?

A virtual assistant is an executive or personal assistant who manages all tasks and responsibilities remotely. One attends team meetings via webcam and remains in close communication through phone, email, or Skype.

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