If you’re working remotely or in a hybrid work arrangement it’s likely that your team makes use of video conferencing and online collaboration tools like Slack. However, these 2D tools can be a bit sloppy when it comes to fostering connections and collaboration between team members.
Collaboration spaces are essential. The most effective virtual spaces mimic the physical office experience by having meeting rooms, desks and common areas. This lets teams locate each other easily. Then, with simple pushes and live chats as they move around the space, teams can engage in natural communication and have random encounters similar to those that are typical of the real-world office.
Kumospace, a virtual workspace, helps reduce the necessity of meeting by giving people the feeling that they are “working next someone”. In the event that you do need a meeting Kumospace provides a range of virtual rooms that are collaborative to meet different needs from 1:1 catch-ups to sprint planning to sales demos and project presentations.
Switchboard is a different virtual collaboration tool that takes the feeling of being in an office to an entirely new level. Its virtual rooms that are collaborative and canvas enable teams to be productive quickly, working together on documents and browser-based apps. When the session is over everything is saved so that everyone is able to continue where they began.
Other virtual spaces, like Teemyco and Gather, help to foster team spirit by allowing users to check out what their colleagues are up to in the virtual office. This makes it easy to track who is planning a big project, delivering the sales pitch or taking a virtual break during a coffee break.