Rapid advancements in technology continue to present us with a variety of options when it comes to how we work. Fifteen years ago, when I asked my department manager if I could work from home a few days a week, she looked at me like I had lost my mind. Today, work-at-home accommodations are mainstream. Perhaps no company has mastered the art of virtual work like Automattic, Inc., the company behind WordPress, the system on which this website runs.
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- Substitute email with cloud based platforms where possible. While there will always be a place for email, investigate tools you can use to streamline communication within your ranks. Scott offers a few suggestions.
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What can you learn from Automattic's streamlined example? Can your products be made virtually by others whom you train? Would you want that in your business? If not your products, can you work with others, including virtual assistants, to streamline your operations and make them more efficient?