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22May

How to Onboard and Train New Virtual Team Members

Hiring new employees can feel like a risk. And in fact, it is. SHRM research recently showed that half of all hourly workers leave new jobs in the first four months, and half of all senior outside hires fail within 18 months. This places huge import on the interview and onboarding process for a company, especially when a team is distributed.

25Oct

Encouraging Collaboration in a Distributed Team Environment

They say that leading a team is similar to conducting an orchestra; with a lot of practice and attention, you can get everyone to play the same tune. But what do you do if the orchestra members are not only in different rooms, but on different continents? How do you get your team to perform a symphony when some members are playing while others are asleep? And how can you expect to get everyone on the same page when even something as simple as ensuring a time-sensitive email is read and actioned can pose a logistical challenge?
18Oct

10 Tips for Encouraging Casual Communication in a Remote Team Environment

Casual communication at work happens continually, and is often responsible for generating innovative ideas and initiating smart solutions. In a traditional office environment, where everybody works in the same physical area, such interaction can be anything from a chat in a break room or a couple of minutes before a meeting starts, to mapping out a task with colleagues in the kitchen area and pulling two or three people together for an impromptu meeting.
15Mar

Seeking to Achieve FLOW at Work

We know you’re wondering, what the heck is FLOW? Named by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, FLOW is a state of total focus and concentration on a task: so much so that you get lost in it and lose track of time, enabling you to be both more productive and derive more satisfaction from the task; in turn making you happier.
26Jan

How to Mediate Conflict Between Virtual Team Members

It’s awkward to fight with someone who is a professional contact and not, say, your brother. When tensions arise in the workplace, you don’t have the same safety net that exists when arguing with a loved one. And in a virtual work environment, there can be additional challenges that arise between two people who aren’t sitting in the same room.First and foremost, when colleagues disagree, it’s important to remember that the issue at hand is not (or at least shouldn’t be) personal. It’s business.So, let’s make it business.
14Jan

10 Ways to Have More Fun in Your Virtual Office

In today’s world of a million “internet science” articles and google searches, it seems like everything has been broken down into digestible easy steps. “How to Make Your Co-Workers Like You”, “How to Be Confident”, “How to Have Fun”. But the thing is, not everything in life can be broken down into a few easy steps. Fun is one of those things. It’s mysterious. It’s intangible. It’s also insanely important.
08Dec

How to Onboard and Train New Virtual Team Members

Hiring new employees can feel like a risk. And in fact, it is. SHRM research recently showed that half of all hourly workers leave new jobs in the first four months, and half of all senior outside hires fail within 18 months. This places huge import on the interview and onboarding process for a company, especially when a team is distributed.
03Dec

Product Vision Roadmap Q4'15 - Part 1

It’s been just shy of 2 months since we released Sococo RS, and we wanted to touch base with our users to provide an update on progress. In general, feedback has been very positive. In particular, the new browser client and guest access features are being well received. There is a lot of exciting work left to do.
29Oct

The Value of Connectedness

Editor's Note: The following post is from Sococo CEO and all around bad ass Cliff Pollan.

The Power of Connections

Having strong connections to customers, colleagues, or partners is the foundation for a successful business. We value this highly at Sococo, and it sits right at the heart of what we do.
27Oct

Major Updates to Sococo

Parallels between home ownership and product ownership

At my house, we’re in the middle of a major renovation project (which is particularly challenging given Sococo is a virtual company, and my home is my office...but that’s another story). The project was well overdue. To say that our kitchen was limiting what my family could do with our home is an understatement. We were well beyond simple upgrades like paint and cabinets. It’s funny how home ownership and software product ownership have so much in common.

Renovating Sococo