Finally ready for the cloud
While 100 percent virtual firms are not yet the norm, today there are enough in operation to set valuable examples to those who want to take the plunge — or at least move in that direction.
With cloud-based software and technology being as advanced as it is in 2019, software is actually the least of a virtual firm’s worries. Instead, they return to the problems of communication, culture, and appropriate recruitment. How do you create culture when no one’s in the same room? How do you hire self-starting staff that recognize this is a real job, and not a free vacation?
Companies with a unified culture all have one common trait: they are effective communicators not just with customers, but also amongst themselves. These companies will value their employees opinions, and they’ll work hard to recognize individual accomplishments (and not just as a plaque under the ‘Employee of the Month’ sign in the break room). While company-wide barbecues may work for some companies, employees in far-off offices won’t get to participate, so internal, online communication becomes essential.
How do you create culture when no one’s in the same room?
A company blog is a great way to reach customers and drive traffic to your site, but it’s also a great way to keep all of your employees in the loop about what’s going on in different departments or locations.
Newsletter or Daily Email
A newsletter or daily e-mail can inform employees about what’s going on with the company, it can highlight employees accomplishments, but most importantly, a newsletter can set the tone for how employees think about their job and their company.
Online Collaboration Tools
People connect with friends and family all over the world using Facebook-;why not have them connect with co-workers using a similar service?
We will continue the next month blog, answering the following question.
How do you hire self-starting staff that recognize this is a real job, and not a free vacation?