If you missed the exciting press release from earlier this week, I am working for Pivot Communications! No, this is not my first job, but it is the first job where I am a remote employee. However, just because I am a remote employee does not mean that I am not connected with the rest of my team members. My virtual connection does not simply go from Pennsylvania to Utah—it is limitless in its reach as Pivot has clients located around the country.
If you’re wondering how I stay connected with everyone and am able to achieve my work goals, we use a lot of collaboration tools. Besides traditional email, we also use Skype for Business to quickly IM each other or to conduct audio or video calls. We are also fans of Zoom, which I was already familiar with since I use it to record my podcast Tech Chaos for rAVe Publications. Zoom combines video conferencing and cross-platform group chat to conduct online meetings.
An additional collaboration tool we use is Trello. Trello is a cloud-based collaboration application that allows us to organize projects on various boards. Imagine a wall or whiteboard with multiple sticky notes or posts—that is what Trello is, only virtual. It allows us to easily track what is being worked on, who is working on it, and how far along it is in the process. Trello allows us to have client-specific boards, as well, for us to show them project status in real time.
That is my first week in a nut shell…I am adapting to Pivot’s processes and so far it has been the wonderful environment that I expected. It has been an exciting first week!