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The Remote Workforce is a Reality: How Leaders Can Inspire and Motivate Their Remote Teams

Virtual workplaces are more common now than ever—thanks, in large part, to a surge in collaborative technologies and the coming of age of a generation born into an increasingly digital marketplace. Both employers and employees are drawn to these types of arrangements for different reasons.

Remote team members often enjoy more flexibility in their schedules and can actually be more efficient when tasked with managing their own time. In turn, companies can hire candidates based on skill sets and not proximities, widening the talent pool and leading to higher productivity. To get the most out of a remote workforce, though, leaders must be able to inspire, motivate, and hold accountable their remote team members. Let’s talk about how to do that.

The Rise of the Remote Workforce

Remote teams are not the future—they are the present. In fact, a Gallup poll from last year found that a substantial 37 percent of U.S. workers have telecommuted, with the average worker logging in remotely at least two days per month. Many work entirely from home-based offices and check-in with colleagues daily. Regardless of how often team members telecommute, it’s vitally important that they receive support and engagement from management.

Time out—I know what you might be thinking: Why the emphasis on leadership strategies strictly for remote teams? Don’t the same principles of teamwork and accountability apply to the entire workforce, whether they’re eight feet or 800 miles away? My answer is that yes, of course they do. However, managing a remote workforce brings about a slew of unique challenges—and there’s a lot more to it than simply not being able to take your department out for coffee to show appreciation for a job well done.

Let’s explore some strategies leaders can use […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The Brave New World of Modern Meetings

Today’s business world has undergone a metamorphosis in the past decade. Work is no longer a place people go, but rather, it’s what they do. More people are telecommuting, either working on the road or remotely from their home office, while clients and business partners are dispersed globally. Studies reveal 66 percent of people who use an Internet-connected device for their jobs in North America and Europe work remotely. Naturally, a lot has changed in the way organizations communicate, collaborate, and conduct their day-to-day business.

The time and expense involved to bring colleagues, business partners, and customers together is often steep, so as a result, many business relationships now rely on technology. When it comes to new communication and collaboration tools, their effectiveness often depends on how closely these tools can approach the ideal of the traditional, face-to-face meeting.

Businesses have long relied on conference calls and email chains as the primary way to communicate with their peers. However, given the increasingly global and virtual nature of modern companies, where the need for visual cues is stronger than ever, audio-only phone meetings and emails just don’t cut it anymore.

Here are just a few of the technologies revolutionizing the way modern meetings are conducted.

Unified Communications (UC)

Unified communications combines the functionality of various communication systems and applications, including audio and video, web conferencing, voice calls, instant messaging (IM), white boards, and email. UC integrates all these technologies, which are then managed from a single platform. An organization’s success depends on the speed and efficiency of business processes, and UC allows enterprise level internal communications to be streamlined to achieve this goal.

Video Collaboration

Companies of all sizes have embraced collaboration tools to bring remotely located colleagues together, and allow them to […]

By |September 22nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Huddle Rooms: Creating Your Collaboration Cave

Is your business in need of space to accommodate small group collaborations? Are you looking for an area in which to bring your employees together? A space to improve productivity and foster innovation? If you’re ready to move past the traditional conference room and try something more personal and cost effective, your business may be ready for a huddle room.

There has been a move towards more open and casual environments in firms of all sizes in the last decade. This is for good reason too. Collaborative work areas like huddle rooms still offer important conferencing equipment without the need to hire out a designated space. Now groups can brainstorm solutions organically, whenever they should come up.

What is a Huddle Room?

A huddle room generally includes videoconferencing hardware such as a laptop or desktop with a built in camera, a microphone, and an attached phone system for conferencing. The space also includes a desk or small table that should be appropriate for four or more people. A good huddle room will also have sound masking technology that emits a frequency from speakers in order minimize noise—similar to noise cancelling headphones.

Why are Companies Opting for These Smaller Spaces?

Changing work culture. The use of large conference rooms for meetings is becoming less and less common as firms opt for quick, easy alternatives. This comes as the insulated workplace of traditional office culture moves towards open spaces and collaborative work environments. In addition to this, the number of employees working from home has soared over the past five years, and as remote work becomes a more viable option, a flexible space for the workers that don’t operate on a typical nine to five schedule is important. This also saves space […]

By |June 16th, 2015|Blog|1 Comment

The Future of Unified Communications

As the workforce becomes more mobile, businesses need technological solutions to handle the shift. Unified communications (UC) has an important role in the future roadmap of business as long as it evolves in kind. UC needs to make sure it provides the flexibility needed as employees take their work with them where they go.

Businesses are Adopting UC Technology in Earnest

The shift to the mobile and remote workplace is becoming more and more popular. Businesses today often have employees working on different devices in different geographic locations. Businesses see the value in this new work structure and are increasingly turning to UC solutions to handle the load. A survey conducted by the market research firm Ovum revealed that around about 80 percent of organization executives heads indicated their plans to move forward with UC implementation solutions in their business processes strategies. To back that fact up, the survey also showed 78 percent of department heads claimed to actually have appointed a budget for UC. This is significant because it indicates a positive move towards using the technology as a here-and-now solution instead of placing it as an agenda on a to-do list.

BYOD Drives the Evolution of UC Solutions

As mentioned above, workplace mobility is the driving force behind the popularity and evolution of UC technology. More and more people are breaking free of the cubicles and taking advantage of a more flexible work atmosphere. Companies are supporting this increased mobility in their business models. This has triggered new trends in work culture and BYOD (bring your own device) is one of the most popular. Employees are feeling empowered by the growing number of mobile devices they can bring to work. Vendors need to cater to this empowerment […]

By |June 2nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Upgrade Your Conference Room: What You Need and Why

“You only get one chance to make a first impression.” This famous saying holds true for many aspects of our life, from personal to business. When it comes to business, this saying can definitely be applied to your conference room.

Is your conference room making a good first impression? If your company doesn’t have a state-of-the-art meeting room, it probably won’t make a lasting impression on clients or associates. This could also translate to how they view your entire business operations. There are many ways to update your conference room by incorporating the latest audio and video technology.

Projector screen. If your old projector screen is yellowed and wrinkled and has holes in it, it’s time to replace it. The importance of this essential conference room staple is often overlooked, but using superior quality screen technologies will give you a brighter and sharper image.

Upgrade the screen to a large, flat display. Something in the 55 to 80 inch range, with digital video and VGA inputs, is fairly standard today. Projectors work more cohesively with 16:9 aspect ratio presentations.

You will also need an upgrade if your multimedia projector has a dull bulb that hasn’t been replaced in years. Many times it’s not much more expensive to just replace the entire projector with an updated HD one, giving you a crisper display and enhancing your videoconferencing experience.

Speakers. The days of having cheap PC speakers on the conference table are over. A good audio system is the key to running an effective meeting. Clarity in sound helps participants understand the content easily and become fully immersed in a presentation. Installing ceiling speakers will give you optimum sound. It will also remove the table clutter and provide a cleaner and more […]

By |May 27th, 2015|Blog|1 Comment
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