DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: What do you find are the advantages and shortcomings of remote communications versus face-to-face? Are remote communications equally efficient or is face-to-face more important for business partners versus fellow employees?

Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust :

We have all been working remotely for at least six weeks now and my take is that it has been quite productive. As Dave states, meetings have been more focused and to the point. We have a “Stand up Meeting ” every morning that is conducted just for everyone to quickly discuss what they will be working on and if there are any roadblocks in the way. If there is an issue that we need more time to discuss, then a separate meeting is set up on Microsoft Teams. So, so far, so good.

The drawbacks are not too bad. One of our younger developers has overslept on a few occasions, but that’s life, especially for coders. Also many of us are tied into office leases, and paying crazy rents while working from home. When the dust settles, I believe we will need less space as this challenging period has proven that we do not necessarily all need to be together to work effectively. Given that we develop software that allows sales and marketing professionals to work from anywhere and anytime, I guess you can say “we are eating our own dog food.”

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