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The technology for online meetings has advanced to the stage where many organizations see them as a viable alternative to in-person meetings, conferences and other events. This is especially important for Out of Office workers, for whom online meetings are the most convenient, productive and feasible option.
However, there are still concerns that online meetings don’t provide the same benefits as their in-person equivalents. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition. Organizations, meeting planners and conference organizers can get the best of both worlds by combining virtual and in-person meetings.
I recently published a blog post for Citrix on this topic, with ideas for ways to organise meetings with both in-person and online attendees.
Hybrid meetings, no matter if they are webinars, trainings, or conferences, reduce travel expenses for remote members and dispersed organizations, extend the reach of the meeting, capture knowledge and insights for future reference, increase workplace flexibility, and allow participants to interact in different ways. If you’re already conducting online meetings and events, look for opportunities to turn them into hybrid events. It’s not just the way of the future – it’s right here and now.
In this episode, we look at the daily working lives of great artists, writers, philosophers, and other geniuses – and apply them to Out of Office work.
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Have you built up some bad habits when it comes to working with others? Many of these habits can be frustrating and time-consuming, so addressing them can boost your productivity and performance.
I recently wrote a blog post for Citrix about this topic. Here’s a summary:
- BAD HABIT #1: Using your inbox as an action list
- BAD HABIT #2: Using email for making decisions
- BAD HABIT #3: Calling too many in-person meetings
- BAD HABIT #4: Not trusting other team members
- BAD HABIT #5: Forgetting your virtual team members
- BAD HABIT #6: Getting stuck in the details
For all the details, read the full blog post.
Collaboration is the key to business success, but if you find yourself wishing for the “good old days” when everybody in your team was based in the same office and your meetings took place in front of a white board, you’ve fallen behind the times. Surprisingly enough, online collaboration is often faster, smoother and more productive than in-person collaboration.
Here are five ways to elevate your team’s collaboration and leverage the advantages of virtual meetings:
- Get the right people on board.
- Include your virtual team members in the team.
- Stop making decisions via email.
- Meet face to face to save time and money.
- Share ideas and insights with other teams.
That’s a summary from a blog post I wrote recently for Citrix, a leader in collaboration technology. For details, read the full post.
There are lots of productivity tools, and in this episode we share our personal favourites. Everybody is different, so you’ll have to discover what works best for you. But we hope that by seeing what we use, you’ll be able to adapt them for your own productivity needs.
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Links and Resources
- Timer app on phone: Helps implement the Pomodoro Technique for doing work sprints.
- Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome: Better than IE and Safari because they have so many great extensions
- Gmail: Much easier to use than, say, Outlook, because it’s in the Cloud.
- Kindle: Easy to download samples; available across all my devices (via the Kindle app)
- Pocket (formerly Read It Later): Allows you to bookmark interesting content for reading later
- Buffer: Automate/schedule the publication of your tweets, posts and status updates on various social media platforms
- Dropbox: Perfect for sharing files across all devices
- Evernote: Similar to Dropbox, but better for tag, sorting and searching; it can also handle “snippets” better (e.g. photos, infographics, handdrawn notes)
- Google Drive: Started life as Google Docs, a Cloud-based productivity suite (word processor, spreadsheet, slide deck, etc.); now a Cloud-based file storage system
- GoToMeeting and Google Hangouts: Use these for audio/video conferencing. Includes screen sharing, one-click recording, and other useful collaboration features
- Skype: Use SkypeOut to call anybody anywhere; easier and more convenient than a landline
- LastPass: Password manager that has a really useful feature to share passwords securely with others
- Google Calendar / Tasks / Contacts: Google’s Cloud-based calendar, to do list and people list
More and more work is done on the road, either on business trips or as part of the life of a Digital Nomad. Of course, the growth of mobile technology helps enormously in allowing you to be productive when you’re away from the office.
What apps do you use regularly to stay productive on the road? My favourites include Dropbox, Evernote, and the Google suite of products (Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, Drive and Maps).
You might have heard of “BYOD”, or Bring Your Own Device – the idea that employees increasingly want to use their personal computing devices (phones, tablets and laptops) for their professional work. But what about BYOO – or Bring Your Own Office? Caleb Parker makes the case that this could be the next big technology workplace trend.
The idea is simple, and it’s very similar to our Out of Office idea. It’s one thing to bring your own device to the office, but that still assumes you’re going to an office. But people want to work from anywhere, and they no longer have to go to a traditional office at all. Hence … Bring Your Own Office!
This is exactly the scenario that faces the E-Worker, or full-time telecommuter. It also applies to freelancers, outsourced workers and sometimes to remotely distributed teams as well. It’s an area that is only growing, so be prepared for BYOO to come to your workplace soon!
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