The United Kingdom has the largest amount of virtual teams in the European Union, other than Germany, according to Mind Tools. A virtual team is a group of individuals working for a common purpose from different locations. The workers can be working from their homes, or from offices around the world.
Working virtually is on the rise not only in the UK, but in the entire EU. This type of work environment saves the company important funds in office space, electricity and other things that can be used for growing or promoting the business. In order to run a successful virtual team, managers need to learn and use software to unite employees to work together efficiently. This article will provide three software project management suggestions for virtual teams.
Basecamp – This software is used by over 350,000 companies around the world to work together. It allows users to work collectively on documents, share files, add comments and communicate about, assign and manage due dates. What’s better is that this software can be accessed from a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet, making it accessible for your team members to access anywhere, even while on the go.
Google Docs– Google Docs lets you work together and edit documents free of charge on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Your employees can write up a draft of a document, and then you can add comments or track changes which all of you can see live. All changes are saved automatically, which means that work will never be lost.
Asana – Asana promotes teamwork without the need to personally email each member. This software allows for easy communication right on the platform, and then notifications of changes or comments are emailed to all participating employees. Asana also lets managers create tasks with descriptions and any applicable notes, and then assign the tasks to an individual or a group of people. If there are questions or comments on the task, the workers are free to make them right in Asana, such as updating milestones as they come up. Once the task is completed, the staff members can check it off, alerting the supervisor that the task is complete.
Managing a team that works remotely is not always an easy process, especially one to organise and set up. Not being able to physically sit down with a group of employees and have face-to-face communication provides many challenges to managers. However, having useful software can change the experience from a difficuly to a smooth one that is easy to maintain.
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