The internet has made networking across geographic areas a reality. Voice over IP (VoIP) has made it possible and affordable for even small companies to have a single telecommunications system across the country or even across the Globe.
Now that all of the technology pieces are in place it should be easy to create a dispersed team of the best workers that are working happily from their chosen locations. Not so fast.
Technology Is The Easy Part
Anybody can easily put together a company of geographically diverse individuals and call it a company
Technology makes this the easy part. Anybody can easily put together a company of geographically diverse individuals that has access to a Cloud based server running a sophisticated Customer Relationship Management program like Salesforce.com or Sugar CRM and that has a single telecommunications system with all of the bells and whistles of the most sophisticated PBX Systems for less than $125.00 per month/employee. This system could literally be created overnight with very little capital outlay.
But even with an array of new Web-based collaboration tools at their disposal, most managers find handling remote teams extremely challenging. In order to get the best out of your far-flung employees, you need to establish a clear communication routine, take extra steps to build trust, and review processes often to make sure they’re working for everyone. Whether your employees are in other company offices, working from home, or a little bit of both, these tips will help keep your team running smoothly.
BNet, is an excellent resource for business managers. The following article, “How to Manage Employees in Remote Locations” is one of the best articles written on the subject of technology and globalization