26 May Why you should set up a virtual workplace
Do you remember your first foray onto the internet? Did you envision then that you might one day work from home rather than in a traditional office? Some people did and that is what led to the first wave of virtual workplaces.
For many employers the concept of working virtually – in which employees operate remotely from each other – is a reality now. Additionally, many researchers have predicted that it will become even more prevalent in the future.
According to a recent survey conducted by Forbes, the future of work may not require office space. More than 57% of millennials surveyed plan to at least double their spending on online workers in 2013, while 82% believe that in the next 10 years many businesses will function entirely virtually.
Here are some ways to make virtual working viable by ensuring that you have these four types of information:
- Online materials that can be downloaded and printed
- Database of products and customers that are accessible from remote locations
- Well-organised, automated files that are easy to use from anywhere
- A way to track the location of mobile workers
Benefits of working in a virtual workspace
Working in a remote team has many benefits, but one of the rarely talked about benefits is that you have complete control over your workspace. In a traditional office space, you’re forced to work in a one-size-fits-all environment whilst a virtual set up allows you to experiment, to create your own workspace.
“To really be able to get stuff done, the biggest thing for me is cutting down on distractions. So in my office, there’s no pictures or other visual cues cluttering my workspace if I can help it, and it’s a separate room so I can make sure things are quiet,” said Micah Bennett who is working with Zapier as a customer champion, in Palatine, III.
Zapier allows you to connect your web apps in order to easily move your data and simplify tedious tasks. You can monitor your activity, manage connected apps, and turn Zaps on and off from your Zapier dashboard. The company has a distributed team with team members working all around the world.
Sharing his thoughts on how Zapier successfully runs a virtual team, Wade Foster, co-founder, says: “Employees can set their own hours and live near their families,” and “the business gets access to these really smart people.”
In addition to those benefits, Foster also notes the financial savings on office space and the increased productivity because team members are free to choose their best suited work environment.
Alex Turnbull, CEO and co-founder of Groove, also reveals his secret to managing a virtual team: “Since you can’t see your team, it can be tempting to constantly be checking in with them all day. Communication is great and we’re always chatting on Slack or Screen Hero but don’t micro-manage. Let people work when they’re most productive and judge them on output, not hours.”
Why you should join Arise?
Peter Ryan, Principal Analyst from Ovum Global IT Services, elucidates why Arise Virtual Solutions is an ideal place for you to start your virtual working experience:“Arise’s forward-looking approach to providing Work-At-Home contact centre delivery over the past decade has been a contributing factor to this business model’s increase in popularity. Using its virtual delivery and sourcing platform, Arise is able to locate top-tier talent from nation-wide labour pools. These remain key goals for enterprises across industries and countries today and fit nicely with the business model that Arise plays in.”
Arise Virtual Solutions is recognised for delivering services in the cloud for nearly a decade through a network of tens of thousands of independent, work-at-home customer service, sales and technical support providers in the US, Canada and Europe.