staying-in-touch-remote-workersThese days, more than ever, it just makes sense to have remote workers. In the interconnected world in which we live, there is no need to limit your talent pool to your local area. You can, instead, hire with and work with some of the best minds around. But staying in touch with local workers, no matter how great their work might be, can be challenging. With the right technology and a bit of know-how, though, this communication can be much easier. Here we will explore how to best stay in touch with remote workers.

Work Digitally

Working digitally is a must with remote workers. You can work digitally in real time through the use of collaborative software. Most types of collaborative software allow you to work together on the same document. This is very handy in fields where writing, research, drafting documents, or creating images is expected. Or, use tools like IMs to keep one another up-to-date. Video conferencing software is also a fabulous option. Just know that in order to get the best video conferencing software, you might need to upgrade your hardware just a bit.

The Best Audio Systems

If you are expecting to have to video conference call or even conference call remote workers often, you will want to invest in the best audio conferencing system to do so. One of the more popular systems out there, featuring not only enhanced audio capabilities but also HD video conferencing, is offered by Polycom, but there are others as well. Not having a great audio system in these situations can lead to miscommunication or misunderstanding on both ends. Polycom is probably one of the best known brands for conference call audio systems. They offer quality, value on long lasting, cutting edge products. Blue Microphones is another great audio system/mic option if you plan on speaking one-on-one regularly. Some brands, like Logitech, also offer HD video cameras you can attach right to your TV with audio built-in.

Other Options

Think that the video conferencing or conference calling might not be an option for you? Here are some other options you can try:

  • FTP sites or collaborative wikis;
  • Teleconference (more than one caller on the line);
  • Web conferences;
  • Digital assistants;
  • Internal social network sites;
  • Online training and assistance;

For more information about any or all of these services, simply look online. It is also always helpful to maintain good lines of communications with your remote employees. Do this by staying in contact with them, and scheduling regular meetings. Also make sure that all goals are well defined for these workers.