When you have a remote team, you can work with some of the best minds in the business. It's one of the greatest benefits of remote work: hiring the best of the best.
You don't have to worry about their location. You can connect with people from all over the world. And when you bring great minds together, you can do incredible things.
For remote teams, to achieve the type of virtual collaboration necessary to do great work, you need more than top-notch talent. You need the right technology and processes in place. With the right systems, you can fuel your team's creativity and create like never before. And many organizations are finding a surprising — and highly effective — solution to virtual collaboration.
4 Advantages of Virtual Collaboration That Transforms Remote Work
So far, existing communication technology, such as video conferencing tools and messaging apps, have been enough for distributed teams. But as remote work continues to grow, you will need technology intentionally created for dispersed workers.
Thankfully, that future is coming rapidly. To bridge existing communication and collaboration gaps, remote organizations are implementing virtual reality. According to the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, by 2021, the business industry will surpass the leisure market as the primary user of virtual reality.
The teams that invest in this innovative technology will reap the benefits. You can finally get the advantages of working in an office without losing the flexibility of remote work. With virtual reality, your team can work towards a higher level of collaboration that produces your best work.
1. Stronger Relationships With Peers
In an office, all sorts of on-the-fly conversations happen. You can just approach someone and start talking to them. You can naturally join discussions and chime in with updates. But in a remote environment, you don't get these perks. Everything is disconnected, and communication feels much more forced. It's difficult to bond with your peers.
Virtual reality gives you the same experience as you would at a desk, especially when you have a platform with enhanced audio capabilities. It's much easier to connect and bond with your team. Conversations are more fluid and natural. It feels like you're working with someone face-to-face, rather than thousands of miles away.
2. Decreased Communication Lag
When you work remotely, communication lag often gets in the way. It can take a while until someone replies to a Slack message or hops on a call. There are just too many barriers that limit communication on a day-to-day basis.
In a virtual environment, these physical barriers don't exist. You can just approach someone and ask a question. You save time and build rapport with your peers.
3. Improved Focus In Meetings
Currently, web video conferencing is one of the best ways to hold remote calls. But holding meetings over video chat isn't always the best way to connect with your team.
1. People get distracted. They're working from home or a coworking space. They're on a video call and can easily skim through their Twitter feed, check their email, or go on mute to talk to their spouse.
2. The audio and video are pixelated. You never get the high-quality audio or video from tools like Skype and Slack that you'd expect. Your connection isn't strong enough, you have to update to the next version, or your lighting and sound are poor.
3. You can't always be on a call. In an office, you have serendipitous moments where you can strike up a conversation. But remotely, literally any time you need to hop on a call, you'll wait. First, you need to message someone and hope that they're available. Then, you need to decide where to have the call before you even start the conversation.
But when you're meeting virtually, the entire environment is different. You're face-to-face. You're plugged in and present. There's no web camera to switch off. You can jump right in and everyone can focus on the conversation at hand.
4. More Context From Tone And Body Language
One of the biggest disadvantages of working remotely is missing out on body language. When you're in an office and having a conversation, you can zero in on critical cues in tone and language. During in-person conversations, you can easily detect discomfort, unhappiness, or confusion.
However, when you’re sending a message over Slack or Microsoft Teams, innocent comments and feedback can be taken out of content. It's easy to misunderstand what someone is trying to convey to you.
In virtual reality, you're actually hearing someone's voice, and you're face-to-face. There aren't the same limiting barriers you experience with messaging apps or on video calls.
Resolving Remote Collaboration Friction For Good
Until now, remote work and collaboration have been challenging, and the tools out there that are supposed to solve it tend to cause more friction. Thankfully, the technology necessary to support this kind of virtual collaboration is coming.