If you’re working remotely or as part of a hybrid work arrangement the chances are that your team makes use of video calling and online collaboration tools like Slack. These 2D tools are not always the best for fostering communication and connection between team members.
This is why collaboration spaces that are virtual are so crucial. The best virtual spaces mimic the physical environment of an office with meeting rooms, workstations and common areas that enable teams to quickly locate one another. Then, with simple nudges and live chats while they move around the space, team members can engage in natural communication and serendipitous encounters similar to those that naturally happen in a real-world office environment.
Kumospace, which is a virtual workspace helps to reduce the necessity of meeting by giving people the sense that they are “working next to someone”. In the event that you do need to hold a meeting it provides a variety of virtual spaces that can be used collaboratively for different purposes from 1:1 catch-ups to sprint planning to sales demos and project presentations.
Switchboard is another virtual collaboration tool that can take the experience of being in a workplace to a whole new level. With its collaborative virtual rooms and canvases, it enables teams to become productive quickly by working together with browser-based apps and documents. And when the session ends it saves the work of everyone to allow them to take the place they left off next time.
Other virtual spaces, such as Teemyco and Gather help foster teams by making it easier for coworkers to see what they are doing in the virtual office. This makes it easy to track who is planning an ambitious project, giving an online sales presentation or taking a virtual break during a coffee break.