Telecommuting is becoming a common business practice, as cloud-based web services and technologies allow employees to work anywhere with internet access. In fact, regular teleworking grew by 61 percent between 2005 and 2009, according to Telework Research Network.
Understandably, many executives and HR management professionals have grown hesitant or even distrustful of running a company across so many different locations.
The reason for this fear has to do with “company culture.” While it may seem trivial, promoting an attitude that is in line with company ideals can be instrumental in retaining employees and boosting workplace morale.
If a decentralized workforce is an inevitable part of running a business, managers may want to consider adopting a few social networking strategies and sharing programs to maintain communications between workers.
For example, Skype can help employees interact with each other in a more personal way. In addition, group storage services such as Dropbox can be used as sharing tools for critical work documents and information or even merely to show an entertaining video or two.
What social networking type services does your company use to help unite remote workers?