Collaborating and Cloud Computing: Communicating with the Office

Good communication is the heart of collaboration. No matter how many people may be working on your team, what continent they live on, or what kind of technology they use, if you have the means to connect, communicate, and work to understand each other, your relationships will grow, and you will get stuff done. When you first talked to your employer about the possibility of telecommuting, you probably agreed to stay in seamless touch — or as close to seamless as you can get — by being accessible to your colleagues via e-mail, cellphone, and more.

Depending on the nature of your job and your position in the company, you may need to handle a variety of communication types, styles, and media. The nature of the team you’re collaborating with also makes a difference. One type of communication might be best for quick one-to-one questions; another might be more suitable if you’re working as part of a global, largely remote team. Real-time communication includes face-to-face conversation, online chat, instant messaging, phone calls, and more. Take a look at Table below for a quick comparison of different types of communication you may use to stay in touch with colleagues at the office or around the world.

Just a few years ago, working collaboratively around the globe was something unusual, something only huge mega-conglomerates with dozens of worldwide offices had to worry about. Today, not only do companies collaborate often and easily across continents, but individuals working on smaller projects — whether for fun or profit or both — are collaborating easily, in real time, unrestricted by geographical distance. Telecommuting enables you to work virtually anywhere, reducing travel times and CO2 emissions, helping you save time, money, and resources (which gives your happiness vibe a boost). Simply being able to do whatever you do from wherever you are is already a green effort! Nice. Whether you have a team that works together continually for a single business or you have a more fluid team that organizes and then disbands following the lifecycle of a project, you can keep green computing at the heart of what you do.

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