During four years of being a fully remote company, we experienced problems.
We started building a solution because others said they were experiencing them too.
"When people work in offices, they leave at the end of the day. Sure, they may take some work home with them on occasion, but they physically remove themselves from their workplace."
Careers - Abdullahi Muhammed
You can virtually leave your online office space. The visual queue of your avatar leaving, signals to your coworkers that you are done for the day.
"Watercooler serendipity can inspire the next big idea. In-person communication is better suited for “shower thoughts” and unplanned ideation. Some people refrain from sharing ideas in Slack.."
Remote CEO - Ryan Hoover
One-click meetings in a virtual space are key to recreating that special 'Watercooler serendipity'.
"If you are the only remote worker in a large in-house team, it can be tricky to integrate yourself in company culture and be visible to management. This can affect long-term prospects if not managed correctly."
Digital Marketer - James Rice
Where you sit matters. It determines who you mingle with, and how people find you. In many ways, it shapes your career.
"I’m constantly asking if my actions contribute to my overall goals at my job. Talking to coworkers an hour a day on Slack is not bringing me closer to my goals."
Productivity blogger - Darius Foroux
You do not need to chat about what you are doing when everyone can 'see' progress and status. Aha-moments seen not written: "Oh a task was completed!", "Cool, Your avatar shows you are working on some code!"
"[U]sually they have no idea on what’s going on and how to do this. This results in them using it as an instant messaging platform."
Time Is Ltd. CEO - Jan Rezab
Staying connected is a challenge for large companies. By using MDO you will stay connected in a meaningful way by moving beyond chat with one-click video meetings in your virtual office space.
"Applied to Slack, its greatest strength: amazing ease-of-use, is also its weakness: making it far too easy for everyone to default to using Slack for communicating, even for all the myriad of things that don’t make sense to use Slack to communicate,"
Software programmer - Alicia Liu
Before we used to have threads full of basic status updates, 'I am sick', 'I am doing.... today'. Now just open up your office and see.
"Because conversations in Slack happen on a one-way conveyor belt, our team began feeling like they had to stay constantly connected to keep up. This style of communication was especially problematic for a remote-first company like ours. How do you stay in the loop when earlier topics have already been discussed and are buried by the time you even wake up?"
DOIST - Amir Salihefendic
For issues that need persistance use the task board. For other issues that do not, use ephemeral room chat or a video meeting.
"When I come in I used to check my emails. Now I wake up, open my phone to sort though a huge amount of conversation threads."
Stop distractions and get some rest: this is when 'Eureka' moments happen. MDO will never have phone notifications, because they are disruptive to remote teams.
"What’s become clear from my years of using Slack at work is that it is, first and foremost, a tool of corporate surveillance. Slack stands for “Searchable Log of All Communication and Knowledge,” after all."
Journalist - Monica Torres
Ephemeral messaging is the key to privacy. In MDO only people in the same room at the same time can see your chat messages. This is the way it works in real life, and it is effective at keeping information private.
My Digital Office has simple to understand flat rate pricing.
Don't forget annual vs monthly rate differences, and also the pro extension?
Oh, yes there is more. You also get one-click video meetings, a whiteboard, and a real office phone number.
My Digital Office is a virtual office space where remote teams come to work.
Free for small teams. No credit card required.