To make a virtual office function well, you may need to take extreme measures and invent new ways to work together: 1. Your employees probably don't know how much their co-workers make (much less their bosses, or even you), how much they sleep, or the specific steps they're taking to improve themselves.
But those are exactly the details they share every day at Buffer, a social media marketing start-up with team members around the world.
She points out small adjustments that can make anyone look years younger on camera. In the photos at the top of this story, the one on the left was taken without taking into account any of the tips below. Along with these five tips, Kavadeles also recommends doing a video test call with a close friend or family member to check both sound and video quality. Let in the Light Ensure you have several light sources and that they are all indirect to avoid dark shadows or a shiny-face effect.
Rather than be like some companies that only use email, at LKR Social Media they use six times as many tools.
They use Yammer for water cooler conversation, i Done This to keep everyone in the loop on work status, Google Hangout for video conferencing, Skype for one-on-one calls, PB Works as an internal Wiki, and Wrike for structured conversation about projects.
For distributed teams without a Foursquare-sized budget there's Sqwiggle, an always-on video chat system that shows your team what you look like in your pajamas. Qualtrics, a rapidly growing analytics company, solved this problem--but the solution required every employee to start work at 3 a.m.
Sqwiggle works like The Portal except that it only uses your webcam and monitor, not thousands of dollars of Cisco videoconferencing equipment. every day for a year: They synced time zones with their European customers to share the exact same work day. Qualtrics took this extreme measure to ensure they could work synchronously with their clients and resolve issues in real time rather than let time zone issues force problems to roll over from one day to the next without resolution.