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Staying Connected

Staying Connected

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Telecommuting is no longer the wave of the future; it’s here and it’s taking the world by storm! With improvements in networking technology, e-mail, instant messaging, smart phones and web/video conferencing, companies depend on their employees’ productivity in, en route to, and outside of the office. In fact, many businesses expect—or at least encourage—employees to work from home on a regular basis. What is surprising is that some innovative companies are totally virtual.

In the “office-optional” business model, all work takes place at home, the neighborhood espresso shop, or anyplace that saves commute time, gas, and office space. Regardless of business model, top organizations know it's critical to achieve meaningful communication, a feeling of camaraderie, and company cohesiveness. This article will explore the unique communication characteristics and needs of the “office-optional” trend as well as review several high-tech and low-tech ways to stay in touch.
Telecommuting is no longer the wave of the future; it’s here and it’s taking the world by storm! With improvements in networking technology, e-mail, instant messaging, smart phones and web/video conferencing, companies depend on their employees’ productivity in, en route to, and outside of the office. In fact, many businesses expect—or at least encourage—employees to work from home on a regular basis. What is surprising is that some innovative companies are totally virtual.

In the “office-optional” business model, all work takes place at home, the neighborhood espresso shop, or anyplace that saves commute time, gas, and office space. Regardless of business model, top organizations know it's critical to achieve meaningful communication, a feeling of camaraderie, and company cohesiveness. This article will explore the unique communication characteristics and needs of the “office-optional” trend as well as review several high-tech and low-tech ways to stay in touch.

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Published by: Michaels and Associates on Dec 30, 2008
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Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. dba Michaels & Associates11639 E. Wethersfield Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 USA
 Phone: 480-614-8440 Toll-free: 877-614-8440 Fax: 480-614-2775
Copyright © 2008 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. dba Michaels & Associates. All rights reserved.
 
 
 
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Telecommuting is no longer the wave of the future; it’s here and it’s taking the world by
storm! With improvements in networking technology, e-mail, instant messaging, smart
phones and web/video conferencing, companies depend on their employees’ productivi
ty in,en route to, and outside of the office. In fact, many businesses expect
or at leastencourage
employees to work from home on a regular basis. What
is 
surprising is thatsome innovative companies are
totally 
 
virtual. In the “office
-
optional” business
model, allwork takes place at home, the neighborhood espresso shop, or anyplace that savescommute time, gas, and office space.
Communicating in a Virtual World
So what’s different about being a virtual employee? In a word: everything. One of the
biggest issues facing the virtual world is a lack of meaningful communication. The ability toremain connected with coworkers and management in a way that minimizes personal andprofessional isolation is a major hurdle. Without a brick-and-mortar business office,complete with cubicle farm and daily water cooler chats, how are teleworkers to maintain afeeling of camaraderie and company cohesiveness? This article will explore the uniquecommunication characteristics and needs of this trend as well as review several high-techand low-tech ways to stay in touch.

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