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Strategies for success with distributed teams

We’ve been talking a lot about the workforce of the future, but the reality is, distributed and remote teams are already a big part of the current work landscape. According to Inc. Magazine, at least 2.4 million U.S. employees telecommute two or more days each week. And even among employees who spend most of their time in an office, TECHi statistics suggest that more than 90 percent of workers use smartphones and other portable devices to work remotely.

With these numbers in mind, I want to acknowledge the realities—and challenges—of coordinating and managing remote team members and offer up a…

Getting the message

We covered a lot of ground last week about how we envision the future of work, one that’s largely about more fluid, distributed, often international teams. But one thing we didn’t mention is what technology these teams will use to communicate. Certainly, we believe that the right conferencing solution will remain a vital tool, but what about messaging? According to a recent MobileMarketing article by Tim Maytom, the future of messaging has already arrived, and it’s all about over-the-top (OTT) apps.

OTT apps like WhatsApp, which work over an Internet connection and don’t incur the charges SMS texts do, make…

Tech giants, give millennials what they want

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic’s recent article on why millennials want to work for themselves nicely articulates the frustrations millennials have with traditional employment. I agree, that milennials value a sense of independence, freedom and work-life balance but I don’t think it’s just my generation. Those with jobs regardless of age value those things too. People want to feel appreciated and to not be micromanaged by a boss that will demand 12 hour work days with little to no gratitude in the end. Instead of labeling how millennials are ignorant, lazy, and a bunch of self-centered individuals that are more likely to…

The future of work

Last week we talked about our evolving workforce, and specifically how we’re seeing more and more distributed teams where employee perks include flexibility and life balance rather than stuff like pool tables and corner offices. We also mentioned “the future of work,” a phrase that’s certainly big enough to warrant some further discussion. So this week, we’re exploring a few more facets of how we envision the workforce of the future:

Companies without borders: The future workforce is one without borders, where organizations can hire talent of all stripes from around the world with an eye on passion, experience and…

Work evolution

At Voxeet, we spend our days thinking about the nature of collaborative work and developing solutions to facilitate it. We hear a lot about how collaboration tools like ours will drive the move toward a more distributed workforce, and about the advantages—and the drawbacks—that this move presents.

To sidestep some of those drawbacks, some older, larger companies—like Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard—are doubling down on more traditional, butts-in-desk-chairs models. But increasingly, companies seem to be leaving traditional office models behind, many with great success. In a 2012 Forbes article, J.J. Colao points to Automattic (of WordPress fame) as one such company:
As a…