You’re likely to utilize Slack or video conferencing tools if you work remotely. But these 2D tools can be a bit sloppy when it comes to encouraging interaction and collaboration between team members.
Collaboration spaces are essential. The best virtual spaces resemble the physical experience of an office by providing working stations, meeting rooms and common areas that allow teams to quickly find one another. With just a few nudges or live chats teams can participate in natural communication and have serendipitous meetings similar to those you would have in a real office environment.
Kumospace is an online workspace, helps reduce the need for meetings by giving people the feeling that they are “working next to someone else”. For those occasions when you need to meet it provides a variety of collaborative virtual rooms to meet different needs, from 1:1 catch-ups and sprint planning to sales demos and presentations.
Switchboard is a different virtual collaboration tool that can take the experience of being in an office to an entirely new level. Its collaborative virtual rooms and canvas lets teams be productive quickly, working on browser-based applications and documents. And when the session comes to an end it saves the work of everyone to allow them to continue where they left off next time.
Other virtual spaces, like Teemyco and Gather, help create a sense of teamwork by allowing people to see what coworkers are up to in the virtual office. It’s easier to track who is planning a big project, delivering an informational presentation, or taking a virtual coffee break.