Editor’s note: This post was written by Martin Stephens, corporate spokesperson for Action Days who also manages a team of freelance bloggers based in the UK. He believes in building a team spirit in spite of people working remotely. He recommends managers in similar positions to consider team buildings ideas for Leeds to enhance teamwork.
The number of online workers has grown exponentially in the past few years, and while the United States has been leading in this sector, other countries, including the United Kingdom are following suit. With Internet connection being easily available practically everywhere, online publishing teams, for example, with members scattered the world over are becoming more popular. There are also companies which work in a more localized manner, with team members based in a more restricted geographical location but able to work remotely.
Whichever the setup may be, the onus to build and nurture an online publishing team is on the manager or editor. While workers may physically be apart from each other and work alone, a sense of being part of a team is still an important factor in achieving success.
If you’re managing an online publishing team, here are some things to help you build a solid group, even with members working remotely.
The past few days, WPCandy.com has been running some great articles about using WordPress for freelancing. From dealing with project management, to managing contacts, to setting up a portfolio, and (as of today) even invoicing.
If you’re doing much in the way of freelance blogging, or just want some ideas of how you might better organize your own projects using WordPress as a management tool, I highly suggest checking them out.
They each focus on a very specific set of needs and how WordPress might fill those needs (and at times suggests better options), so it’s pretty easy to mix and match a solution that could work for just about anyone.
Here’s a tidbit from the “project management” article to get things rolling…
After checking out all these options IÊ¼ve found the â€œWordPress-as-Project-Management-Systemâ€ experience to be extremely lacking. The options are either simple enough that they could be replaced with Google Docs or a simple notebook or so complex that trying to use them is nearly impossible. There simply is no killer project management plugin for WordPressâ€¦ yet.
I think it is worth noting that the best replacement IÊ¼ve found for Basecamp is an open source project called Project Pier which does almost everything Basecamp does. ItÊ¼s even themeable and they have some pretty slick options. If you want a self-hosted project management solution, Project Pier is deï¬nitely the way to go.
Check out WPCandy.com for the original articles, and a pile of other fun stuff.