Companies that want to better connect workers between time zones have a variety of options; Microsoft, Google, Slack and Facebook compete in the field of collaboration. Sometimes one of these options stands out from the rest.
With a dispersed workforce employed mostly part-time, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies faces some unusual challenges as it seeks to revolutionize mass transportation with a «crowd-driven» organizational model.
One of the biggest challenges is ensuring that the company’s team members of over 800 people can collaborate effectively in designing and launching Hyperloop technology.
«When we started, we worked with different tools – some of the teams used Slack, some used Google Docs – and we let everyone know what they liked best,» said HyperloopTT founder and president Dirk Ahlborn. «A few years ago, we consolidated everything and moved to work.»
The company, which was founded in 2013, still uses Google Docs with Workplace. But Slack is no longer a primary tool for collaboration and communication.
A key reason for choosing a job is that it offers a combination of instant messaging, social media, and file sharing features. This combination has helped build a sense of community among workers and allowed employees to work together more efficiently, Ahlborn said.