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Tools for 2016: Your very own Time Zone Ninja

Have you ever been here? You need to set up an emergency meeting with a customer in Chicago, the dev team in Poland and your boss, who happens to be traveling in Asia. You Google your time zones, schedule the call and pat yourself on the back for handling it all so efficiently… until you realize you miscalculated and your company president is stuck on a 2am call.

The details may change, but for those of us who work with international teams, the realities are all too familiar. Accidentally scheduling a meeting with Sydney on a Saturday. Keeping London up late. …

By |April 27th, 2016|

2016: The year of easy rapport in an increasingly remote friendly world

A new year always brings with it plenty of predictions for the future. We’re especially interested in what 2016 will hold for our ever-evolving workforce. Jarod Lindzon’s recent piece in Fast Company makes the case that it’s all about forward-thinking, fiercely mobile freelance trends moving into the mainstream. We happen to agree.

Lindzon points specifically to more and more companies designed to be entirely mobile, and more and more businesses relying on independent consultants. These increasingly fluid organizational structures—teams made up of both full-timers and freelancers with members scattered around the world—are certainly what we’re seeing from our customers. Here’s how …

By |January 27th, 2016|

The New Conference Room is Here

The New Conference Room is Here

According to a recent ruling from the European Court of Justice, the time workers spend traveling to their first and from their last meetings of the day counts as time spent working—and must be compensated accordingly. The ruling only applies to workers in the EU without a fixed office, but in our increasingly distributed world, those workers number in the millions. And the time they spend on the road just got a lot more expensive.

Now more than ever, employers need to figure out how to make remote meetings work, finding new ways to trim or …

By |September 14th, 2015|

Supporting the future of collaboration

Last week we looked at some strategies for organizing effective meetings for members of distributed and international teams. In light of a recent study from Ovum and join.me by LogMeIn that surveyed nearly 4,000 professionals about how they collaborate, it looks like we aren’t the only ones with meetings on our minds. Among other findings, the report concludes that while the number of virtual meetings workers attend is increasing, those meetings aren’t being sufficiently supported by traditional web conferencing solutions. Teams are so frustrated, in fact, that 66 percent of corporate buyers are on the hunt for new conferencing solutions. …

By |September 10th, 2014|

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 it …

By |August 20th, 2014|