Office Hallways Growing Longer

First technology brought us telecommuting. Now some companies have opted to go virtual. Virtual companies seek the skills they need, at a price they can afford, without worrying about locale. The Internet, email, and other technologies allow individuals to work together from miles apart. In The Long Hallway on A List Apart, Jonathan Follett offers some important advice to anyone considering a virtual company.

His advice is easily transferrable to most businesses. To be successful virtual (or non-virtual) employees should:

  • Understand the importance of a solid process
  • Know how to network
  • Have strong written communication skills
  • Set boundaries on how and when to communicate with other team members
  • Trust in their team members

With the amount of virtual communication in today’s world, it’s good to know that some of the same old rules, not to mention a little common sense, still apply.


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