There has never been a better time than this Covid-19 pandemic for businesses to “go virtual.” Creating a virtual company culture? That’s a challenge, especially when your team is distributed around the world in different time zones.
The questions many business owners have about virtual company culture include:
- What tools and technology do I need to create a virtual company culture?
- How do I engage with team members and customers when there are no in-person interactions?
- What should I use to keep track of everything that would normally take place in a face-to-face setting?
Tools for creating a virtual company culture
1. Video Conferencing
Video conferencing products have been a lifesaver for virtual companies, and that partially addresses the culture aspect of things. But getting everyone together on the same day at the same time (especially when employees reside in different time zones) is often an impossible task.
Keeping everyone connected with a feeling of being interconnected is a herculean task in any virtual company. Some companies, like EZnet Services, use communications platforms like Discord as a virtual office, setting up a virtual lobby and “offices.”
On Discord, each employee can have their own channel and there can be many public meeting channels, as well. In this way, employees and managers have the ability to talk with one other at a moment’s notice, and corral everyone for meetings, similar to what would take place in a physical office setting.
Other companies use platforms like Slack, Skype, and Go to Meeting, although each has functionality that is different from Discord.
3. Project Management
Trello is a great tool for project management. Ideally, each employee should have their own Trello board to which others in the organization can be invited to participate. It’s an efficient way to track projects, leave comments and feedback, and collaborate with one another.
Within each board, you can set up cards for “new ideas,” “works in progress,” and “completed projects.” When a task is completed, you can move it to the completed projects column, for easy visual identity of what has been done and what still needs to be done.
There are other platforms that are excellent, as well, like Asana.
4. Scheduling Software
Even with all of the tools we’ve talked about, many business owners still say there’s “something missing.” Well, yes! What’s missing is appointment scheduling software.
Normally, companies schedule everything from meetings to conference room time block-outs. Some companies even have a set time when the entire staff takes a lunch break. Sales agents leave the office to meet with clients, and that time is normally blocked out on a calendar, with an approximate time of return notated.
All of this can become exceedingly difficult to keep track of when your company operates virtually.
So, what’s a business owner to do? Optimize your virtual office operations by implementing an online appointment scheduler.
Yes… we know… there’s Google Calendar. But most businesses need more functionality and flexibility than any calendar can offer. That’s why cloud-based appointment scheduling software like EZnet Scheduler® is advisable. And, you can integrate it with your Google Calendar for a supercharged scheduling experience.
EZnet Scheduler is the only online appointment scheduling software program that is completely customizable without the cost of a custom-designed program. All the best features that would normally cost thousands of dollars to custom create have been infused in EZnet Scheduler.
It’s simply the easiest, most convenient online appointment scheduler on the market today. Moreover, it’s top-rated by Software Advice, which hails EZnet Scheduler for affordability, quality, features, and value.
EZnet Scheduler Helps Create a Virtual Company Culture
EZnet Scheduler is an online appointment scheduler, plus so much more. It includes a robust menu of features that also enable you to manage and track resources as well as get paid for your products and services.
EZnet Scheduler Features and Benefits
- Fully adaptable for any size business in any industry
- Robust reports
- Customizable fields
- Reduce no-show appointments
- Increase revenue and reduce labor costs
- Schedule unlimited appointments
- Schedule overlapping and complex appointments
- Schedule recurring appointments
- Send unlimited text reminders
- Accept credit card payments in the scheduler using any payment authorization gateway
- Access EZnet Scheduler from any device (Windows, Apple, Android)
- Implement EZnet Scheduler on your website so your customers can schedule appointments 24/7/365
- Send client satisfaction surveys
The best part? You get the first 15 days of EZnet Scheduler FREE when you sign up. And then you get a FREE 30-minute onboarding session. EZnet makes it easy for you to learn how to use EZnet Scheduler to not only schedule appointments but also manage team meetings and other team activities, remind employees and stakeholders of annual meetings and company conventions, and so much more. Make it an indispensable part of your virtual company operations and watch your efficiency and competitiveness grow!