How do we define the virtual workplace and why is it important for us to familiarise ourselves with it?

What we consider to be a virtual workplace is usually hosted on the internet using specific platforms and software. A virtual workplace is “built” by a company that employs personnel from all over the world and trains them in the way that they should use it.
A virtual workplace can also be informal. For example, a workgroup – whether we talk about students who are working on a thesis or about employees based in different parts of the world – can use tools such as Skype and other visual and audio communication or data transfer platforms.
With this in mind, the “cloud” has been developed in recent years. Most organisations today have their own “cloud”, a virtual online space where they can place all the data concerning different members of a workgroup and from where they can draw the information they need and return their own contribution.
Familiarisation with the virtual workplace is vital; in the post-crisis era and in the context of a globalised society and economy, we will be working wherever we find work. This work, according to our abilities, skills and fees, could be in Argentina, China or indeed anywhere, and within the same job, employees around the world could be working on the same project as us.
This is how we work at the αriston project, with collaborators and employees in many professional and scientific fields, across many different parts of the world.
This is why one of the αriston project’s primary educational approaches is to help children become familiar with virtual collaboration and the virtual workplace.
Excerpt from the protifora αriston project radio course, presented by Mr Yannis Stergis, President & CEO, hyphen SA.


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