How can you prepare for virtual collaboration with manufacturing companies?
Of course, the sudden need for virtual collaboration also poses challenges. Usually, the first challenge is the selection of the right collaboration tool. It has to be suitable for internal corporate communication as well as for work with external customers and partners. As there are various technical solutions for digital communication, companies and their customers must find and define a common path to virtual collaboration.
When deciding on a tool, data security is certainly quite important. There are numerous solutions available that guarantee security and protection of privacy. Before companies acquire a license for a virtual communication platform, it should be clarified whether the tool meets both the internal security requirements and those of the customer.
Once the right tool has been found, there are some important aspects to be considered in order to ensure smooth and successful communication: Virtual meetings require more attention than face-to-face conversations. “You need to be really well prepared and structure your meetings when it comes to virtual conversation”, Alexander Volk, Managing Director at KNF Neuberger AG in Balterswil, Switzerland points out.
Of course, the general recommendations for virtual collaboration also apply. These include turning on the camera to see facial expressions especially in conversations; using a headset to increase sound quality, and the participation of only one person per device to not to mix up physical and digital collaboration.