You’re likely to use Slack or video tools for conferencing if working remotely. However, these 2D tools can fall short in terms of fostering connections and collaboration between team members.
This is the reason why virtual spaces for collaboration are so important. The best virtual spaces resemble the physical space of a workplace with workspaces, meeting rooms and common areas that allow teams to quickly connect with one another. By using simple gestures and live chats as they move through the space, colleagues are able to engage in conversation and random encounters that are similar to the ones that occur naturally in a real-world office environment.
Kumospace, an online workspace helps to eliminate the need for meetings by giving employees the impression that they are “working next to someone else”. For those occasions when you do need to hold a meeting Kumospace provides a range of collaborative virtual rooms that can be used for various purposes including 1:1 catch-ups and sprint planning to sales demonstrations and project presentations.
Switchboard is a different virtual collaboration tool that takes the experience of working in a workplace to a whole new level. Its virtual rooms that are collaborative and canvas allow teams to be productive quickly, working using browser-based applications and documents. When the session is finished, everything is saved so that everyone can go on where they were when they left.
Other virtual spaces, such as Teemyco and Gather, help build a culture of cooperation by allowing people to see what their coworkers are up to in the virtual office. This way, it’s easy to see who is planning an important project, presenting a sales demo or simply taking a virtual coffee break.