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.