Encourage Virtual Workers, but Don't Forego the Face Time

More and more new hires are being employed based on their skills rather than their location, so we’re seeing many virtual workers joining small companies. In fact, I sometimes work remotely from Israel, but I learned early on not to forego invaluable face-to-face interaction with employees. Video conferencing is a great solution to help with this goal. Technology and bandwidth is cheap, so it’s easy to outfit practically any office with video conferencing equipment and phones. I believe this is important, because meetings are more productive and people tend to be more comfortable pausing and thinking about a question or challenge if they can be seen. Plus, it’s much easier to capture the informal interactions (where often the best ideas come out) when everyone can see everyone else.

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