Similar but different. Apples to oranges. Virtual workspaces to meeting platforms, you know the saying. However, as someone who does prefer apples, I will attempt the impossible and explain the differences between them, virtual workspaces and meeting platforms not apples and oranges.
Lowered Barriers to Communication
Email, Workplace, Whatsapp, Messenger what mode of transport does this simple question deserve, perhaps messenger pigeon is most appropriate. While a lot of the time a problem can be resolved in DMs, sometimes it requires more back and forth dialogue. Face-to-Computer-to-Computer-to-Face communication is the ideal solution for when these situations arise, and it is where virtual meeting platforms lose out. The effort required to check availability and set up a zoom meeting with one co-worker for a five-minute meeting often dissuades employees from doing so, and they instead choose to struggle on their own. Meanwhile, using virtual workspaces like Wurkr, it can be as easy as sending them a message to pop into an empty conference room for a quick chat.
Feel Less Isolated
Unless you’re a poor soul whose days are packed with back-to-back meetings, the gaps and comedown afterwards can feel a bit unnatural. A day with just one or no meetings might leave you feeling isolated whilst you try to preoccupy yourself with your work. The feeling of isolation is bad for your employees' mental health and if a regular occurrence, can lead that employee to become more reserved, and less likely to collaborate with colleagues producing a worse virtual workspaces environment. In the virtual workplace environment, you are reminded that you're working in a team and that you have support. Your employees are more willing to collaborate and add more value to the company than if they were on their own all day.
See What Collaborations are Happening
It is important for a manager to know their virtual team. A quick walk around the office and you’ll see the faces of everyone not hiding from you. Online management is more tricky, unless you're annoying your employees with constant ‘check-ups’ then you’ll probably lose sight of who's working on what and with who.
Virtual workplaces immediately make your business environment readable and more transparent. Knowing when your team rooms are too chilly lets you jump in and turn up the heat and get them working as a team. On Wurkr you can even see who is and who isn’t taking any breaks, remembering that it’s important to take breaks to retain focus.
Every meeting starts at XX:00 or XX:30 and gets dragged on till the next hour mark. However it doesn’t have to be this way, it’s not written anywhere, and there’s no business bible that you have to abide by. Moving away from strictly scheduled workdays allows workers to fit more in around their day and make better use of their time. Rather than dawdling on their computer and waiting seven minutes for the pre-arranged online meeting time, teams can enter the meeting room when ready and begin as soon as everybody arrives, starting that presentation sooner. Instead of sending HR an email and waiting five business days for a response, take a second and step into the lion's den yourself and ask in person.
See For Yourself
Seeing as most people have already used Zoom enough for one lifetime, why not try out Wurkr’s virtual workspaces platform and see the differences for yourself. Set up your own workspace quickly and easily for free with Wurkr’s lite package.