Business owners everywhere were put in a tough spot recently. Based on the spread of the coronavirus, workers worldwide were given the opportunity to work from home. While it's not the most ideal situation for certain households, it's definitely better than the alternative—a layoff or a complete shutdown. Times are tough since nobody has a good idea of what might happen next. Americans, especially, are taking things day by day.
A lot of us got word that our offices would be closing amidst the panic of COVID-19. While it's the right decision to stay safe and avoid exposure, it didn't give many employees a good chance to really prep for the situation, especially if they're new to the world of remote work. One of the best ways to successfully keep productive while in a brand new work environment is to implement tools that'll keep everyone on the team on the same page.
Many of today’s educators grew up copying notes from a blackboard, trying to read the teacher’s handwriting amidst the swirls of chalk and faint eraser marks leftover from the previous lesson. Younger teachers remember when overhead projectors were installed from the classroom ceilings and PowerPoint presentations lit up projector screens with the shining light of progress. Blackboards and projectors still have their place in the classroom, but advances in technology continue to add depth to the learning landscape.
Think about your most recent work project. Whether it was writing a sales report, redesigning the company blog, or developing a new invoicing system, you put your best effort into it. After all, your name was associated with the assignment. You owned it. You were determined to make the project work. Now imagine that the project was bigger than a sales report. A lot bigger. Starting a company is essentially the biggest work project anyone could tackle.
As a remote worker, there's one issue I often have to face. Sometimes, I feel like I start working on autopilot. This also happened when I worked in an office environment, but at least I had people nearby to encourage me. A lull in the workday could be cured by a little bit of water cooler conversation. But at home, I don't have those resources. This is one of the few cons compared to the many pros of remote work.
It took me a long time to realize that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, back in high school, I could study for hours for a chemistry test. But as much as I tried, my brain just wasn't able to fully absorb the information in an easy way. When it comes to complex science, my brain often decides to shut down. Many people feel the same way about presentations that include a lot of text.
One of my biggest faults as a person is that I'm bad with directions. Back in the day before GPS, I used to take the route I knew over a new route that would make more sense, even if it added 15 minutes to my trip. When asked what highway I took, I blanked on the numbers. The biggest fear I have is someone asking me for directions, since I know I'll lead them in the wrong direction.
Farmhouse sinks. Shiplap. Waterfall edge counters. Subway tile. Popular home renovation shows have expanded our knowledge of home design elements more quickly than it takes to knock out a non-load-bearing wall. All of this instantly accessible design inspiration makes it easier than ever for people to dream up their perfect home. Just picture it: a giant kitchen island with quartz counters, a multi-functional mudroom, and old-school charm with modern perks.
It might seem intimidating to hire remote workers, especially if you're never planning on meeting them face-to-face. However, remote workers may turn into some of your best employees. All you need to do is put in the work to ensure that you have a trusted relationship with your new team. By working remotely, your employees are offered a little more freedom. And since you're trusting them to get their work done in an environment that's comfortable for them, they'll be more willing to prove their worth.
Having a remote team can be a lot of fun. When you make connections with them and work together, you'll be reminded by how much has changed in the working world in just the last couple of decades. Within seconds, you can easily be talking to, and collaborating with, someone from another country. That said, it's very important to know the best ways to connect with your remote employees. One of the hardest obstacles involved will be trying to find a good time that works for everyone — since time zones can often create some difficulties.
I worked in an office for around seven years prior to taking the leap and becoming a freelancer. While there are definitely things I miss about working with people (such as, the in-person interaction and staff birthdays) the remote schedule released a ton of anxiety that I never knew I had before. For one, every time there was snow on the ground? I panicked. I checked to see if the office was closed, and worried about how much prep time I needed to de-ice the car.
The whiteboard has been a popular medium for problem solving since its early introduction to the workplace in the 90s. So popular, in fact, that whole modes of collaboration have sprung up around it. Whiteboarding has always been around in some form or another. Of course, chalkboards are most obvious predecessor to the whiteboard. But so are plans written on the back of cocktail napkins and envelopes, or little diagrams and doodles that become incredible products.
Thanks to innovative technology, workspaces are becoming more flexible and collaborative in order to foster teamwork and engagement, sparking positive results for both companies and employees. Even if you’re not ready to redesign the entire office, you can still create this collaborative atmosphere by adding an interactive whiteboard to your workspace. Vibe is an intuitive, all-in-one collaboration hub that integrates practical tools with imaginative design, allowing you to create, present, discuss, and enhance your ideas — all without interrupting your workflow.
InfoComm is the largest audio-visual and integrated experience event in North America. Each year, more than 1,000 exhibitors congregate at InfoComm to showcase thousands of new products for nearly 44,000 attendees from 110 countries. This year’s event is being held from June 8th to the 14th in sunny Orlando, FL. Is Vibe going to be there? Oh, you know we will. Charles Yang and Susie Deng from the Vibe team will be on the exhibition floor showing everyone what the Vibe digital whiteboard is all about.
Digital whiteboards, or smartboards, were invented to bring the tried-and-true dry erase whiteboard into the digital age.
The workforce is more diverse and distributed than ever, and this new paradigm needs a new style of workspace to thrive. A lot of companies are experimenting with ways to create new spaces for their teams to operate in that are optimized to support outside the box thinking. These new collaborative workspaces are designed to maximize the balance between flexibility, scalability, and productivity in innovative ways. They also appear to work as intended — according to McKinsey and Company, a collaborative workspace can improve metrics for individual performance, team performance, and organization-wide performance.
Why called Vibe? The idea for Vibe came from the things that inspired me as a child. I was a huge fan of science fiction. I loved Dragon Ball, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade Runner since I was young. Like many science fiction fans, I dreamt of being a futuristic thinker, creating marvelous machines that break down the boundaries of space and time. Since the beginning, I wanted to build machines that enabled more personal, more human connections.