Our physical location has less of an impact on our quality of work than ever before. Fifty years ago, working from home wasn’t really an option. And if it was, it most likely meant an employee was sick. Today, telecommuting is a standard benefit at many companies and is seen as an effective tool to boost productivity.
The modern workforce is clearly embracing this shift. According to the American Community Survey, telecommuting has risen 79% between 2005 and 2012. And companies are benefiting from home-based employees — they work 9.5% longer and were 13% more productive than office workers, based on a 9-month experiment conducted by a Stanford University professor.
With telecommuting here to stay, companies are looking for effective ways to accommodate their virtual employees. How do you maintain accountability between remote and office employees? How do you conduct effective meetings with employees around the world?
A New Generation of Collaboration Tools
A wave of new technology is cropping up to make location irrelevant. These applications are designed to mimic in-office experiences, like holding impromptu brainstorming sessions or checking in on progress in real time. And while remote workers may miss out on 70% of nonverbal communication, like facial expressions, voice tones, and eye contact, technology is getting smart enough to mimic these natural, flowing conversations online. See More…