Distance Collaboration

Technology is revolutionizing the way we work.  Telecommuting is growing in popularity, assisted by an increasing number of distance collaboration tools.

List of Options for Tools

From Google Docs to Skype, there are plenty of tools available to help people work on anything, anywhere.

The benefits of this sort of work are easy to identify, but what are the downsides?  Sometimes face to face meetings are necessary to accomplish things.  Sole use of these tools can remove the human element if this is not taken into account.

Discussion of pros and cons

So what do you think?  Is distance collaboration beneficial for organizations?

  1. #1 by Aubry Richards on March 20, 2012 - 11:26 pm

    I like how you bring out the pros and cons to the distant communication tools. Very interesting post!

  2. #2 by Kandace on March 29, 2012 - 9:50 pm

    It is a love hate relationship with telecommuting. People are in the business to make money, and telecommuting saves money so that is an obvious no brainer but like you mentioned it removes the human element. Business is all about the human element, it takes a charismatic person to make a sale and sometime the face to face interaction makes that happen.

  3. #3 by Rob on April 30, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    I’m with ya. Sometimes you’re not treated quite like a human when all your interaction is online/one the phone.

    P.S. Something went wrong with that second link, “Discussion of pros and cons.” It gave me a warning and a red screen?

  4. #4 by kloosle on May 1, 2012 - 6:02 am

    Taking the human element out of distance communication can leave things unpersonal and the users less engaged.

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