Despite the huge number of unemployed workers in the U.S. economy, many companies still face the challenge of finding the right professionals for their positions, whether it’s in the legal, accounting, or administrative departments. And without the right talent, creativity and innovation will suffer, important opportunities will be missed, and firms will lose their competitive edge.

But as one of the leading Northern California staffing agencies, we know that thanks to the rapid evolution of technology and the human “cloud,” employers are no longer limited by geography when it comes to finding the right talent. They have more access than ever to a range of professionals from all over Northern California, the country, and even the world, whether for full-time positions or contract work.

That said, accessing top talent from multiple locations can presents a challenge when it comes to managing a team with employees or contractors working remotely. Here’s a look at 5 tech-based applications than can help you supervise your virtual team, maintain productivity, and achieve positive results, whether employees are around the corner or around the globe:

1. Dropbox

Dropbox is a file sharing service that lets you store and share documents, photos, videos, and other files with anyone via the Internet through file synchronization. The site offers both free and paid options.

2. Google Docs

Google docs is a free resource that allows you to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations online; share and collaborate on work in real-time; and store and organize documents in a secure online setting.

3. Google Calendar

With Google Calendar, you can easily coordinate and view schedules and share them with any number of people; access your calendar via the Internet; and send out invitations for meetings and track responses. Google Calendar is also free.

4. GoTo Meeting

Whether for meetings, webinars, or training sessions, GoTo Meeting is a paid service that allows you to connect with employees, colleagues, or clients via the Internet in real-time.

5. Skype

Skype is a software application that lets you make voice calls over the Internet with video functionality. Skype offers both free and paid options, depending on whether the call is to another user within the Skype service, or a user on a cell phone or a land line.

If you need assistance finding the right people, whether for an on-site or virtual team, Pacific Staffing can help. As one of the top staffing agencies in Northern California, we have a proven track record of success when it comes to sourcing and screening top candidates for our clients’ job openings. Contact us today to learn more.