More and more companies are starting to shift their workplace from the physical brick and mortar building to the virtual world. While this seems a very high tech, modern way of conducting business, it can create problems. When it comes to a physical building, employees can easily communicate with each other in regards to projects, due dates and tasks, but in the virtual world there is a heavy reliance upon email and instant messaging. Even with these options communication can get lost, jumbled or misinterpreted, which is why many companies are turning to project management sites such as Basecamp to conduct their virtual workplace.
Project management sites allow everyone to have one central location where communication regarding a specific project can take place. These sites allow workers to be able to communicate via forums, emails and messages. It also allows project managers to clearly define due dates and tasks that are available for everyone to view. This allows everyone working on a project to see what is being handled, when it will be done and what is expected of them.
One of the best features of a project management site is the ability to document and show when tasks are dependent upon each other. These sites allow project managers to list tasks in the order that they need to be completed and also show when a task is related to another task. This allows virtual workers to be able to work more effectively because they know the various steps of the project and when certain tasks will need to be completed.
As more and more companies make the switch from physical office locations to the virtual office, websites such as Basecamp, ClientSpot and At-Task will be relied upon heavily to assist with project and workforce communication. This ensures that businesses can continue to work in a productive manner regardless of whether the workers are physically together or joined together by the world wide web.