You’re likely to use Slack or video tools for conferencing when you work remotely. But these 2D tools aren’t always effective in terms of fostering connection and collaboration between team members.
Virtual spaces for collaboration are crucial. The best virtual spaces are those that emulate the real office experience by having meeting rooms, desks and common areas. This lets teams locate each other easily. With just a few nudges or live chats teams can engage in organic communication, and have unexpected meetings like those that take place in a real office environment.
Kumospace, which is a virtual workspace, helps reduce the necessity of meeting by giving employees the impression that they are «working next to someone». For those occasions when you do require a meeting it provides a variety of virtual rooms that are collaborative to suit different purposes including 1:1 catch-ups and sprint planning to sales demos, and project presentations.
Switchboard is another virtual collaboration tool that takes the feeling of working in a workplace to a whole new level. With its virtual rooms that are collaborative and canvases, it allows teams to get productive quickly through collaboration on documents and browser-based applications. When the session is over it saves the work of everyone so that they can start where they left off the next time.
Other virtual spaces, like Teemyco and Gather, help create a sense of teamwork by allowing people to know what their colleagues are doing in the virtual office. That way, it’s easy to see who is planning an ambitious project, giving the sales pitch or enjoying a virtual coffee break.