So many employers still do not see that the modern experience of employees requires more autonomy and flexibility than presence. Not surprisingly, since the pandemic struck, technologists have been working hard to build tools for collaboration to support a distributed hybrid work future.

Here’s a look at some of the virtual collaboration tools available to companies.

Why these tools are important

Each study shows that workers are more likely to find new jobs than to return to the bad old days of presence-based micro-management. Arguments that returning to work encourages collaboration may carry some weight, but much of it relies on old-fashioned email and virtual meetings held by the office rather than the home.

Even at Apple, about 76% of employees they are not happy to be sent back to work. A recent study by the Future Forum found that the results of employees’ experiences have generally declined as workers are forced to return.

As Apple CEO Steve Jobs once said“There’s no point in hiring smart people and then telling them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. ”

What makes returns harder to swallow is that so many managers haven’t even started using easily accessible project or task management tools to help them optimize team management in this era of remote work. A recent study found almost 60% of project management professionals now rely on meetings as a key tool for cooperation. But should these meetings be real or virtual? And to what extent can emerging families of remote collaboration and productivity solutions help managers feel better about their hard-working remote employees?

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