If you’re working remotely, or in an alternate work arrangement the chances are that your team uses some kind of video conferencing and online collaboration tools like Slack. But these 2D tools can fail when it comes to fostering connections and collaboration between team members.
Virtual spaces for collaboration are essential. The best virtual spaces mimic the physical environment of an office by providing meeting rooms, workstations, and common areas that enable teams to quickly find one another. With some nudges or live chats teams can engage in informal communication, and hold unexpected meetings like those that take place in a real office.
Kumospace is an example of a virtual workspace which helps to reduce meetings by giving users the impression that they are “working alongside someone else”. It also offers a range of virtual rooms that can be used for collaboration, from sprint planning and 1:1 catch-ups, to sales demonstrations and project presentations.
Switchboard is a different virtual collaboration tool that takes the feeling of being in a workplace to an entirely new level. With its collaborative virtual rooms and canvases, it enables teams to be productive quickly by working together with browser-based apps and documents. When the session ends, the entire work is saved so that everyone can pick up where they started.
Other virtual spaces, like Teemyco and Gather, help build a culture of cooperation by allowing people to see what coworkers are up to in the virtual office. It’s easy to see the status of someone working on a big project, giving an example of selling, or just taking a virtual break.