As technology makes the modern world more flexible and versatile than ever, we’re all dreaming of a future where we work anywhere, anytime, and from any device we want. After all, who doesn’t want more freedom in their career?
According to analyst experts, Gallup, about 43% of Americans spent some of the year working remotely in 2016, which is a huge increase of 4% since 2012. Work/life balance is becoming a more significant desire for the modern professional, so companies are exploring a range of new policies and technologies that might make flexible working a more realistic opportunity for employees. Here, we’ll look at just 5 ways the right tech can instantly upgrade any remote working strategy.
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1. Chat Apps Connect Employees
According to a 2016 survey into workplace practices, teamwork is the flavour for the future. In fact, only 38% of companies are organised according to function. Most businesses are made up of a range of versatile, collaborative groups that evolve and change according to the work required. For workers both outside and inside of the office, this means that team-centric apps for chat and conferencing, such as Cisco Spark, Microsoft Teams, and Google chat are essential.
These collaborative apps allow for constant communication between workers through persistent messaging. Although the potential of these apps varies according to different collections of features, most allow for the easy sharing of documents, real-time messaging, and more.
2. Videoconferencing Improves Relationships
Videoconferencing is one of the most essential pieces of technology necessary for today’s remote work environments. The right tech can be used to facilitate meetings between groups spread across the world, or even to improve accountability in workers located in remote areas.
According to “Fast Company” location-based social networking business “Foursquare” uses video conferencing as a consistent system, giving workers the opportunity to simply walk up to a screen and check out what people are doing on the other side of the world. Video conferencing can even be combined with other tools like interactive boards for a more comprehensive working relationship between varied groups.
3. Virtualisation Improves Accessibility
As more workers embrace the benefits of mobility insulations, and feel more engaged with remote work, companies have begun to seek out new ways of providing people with access to the mission-critical applications they need. The virtualisation of desktop environments and tools means that remote workers can always have access to the apps they need, without having to worry about a loss in security.
Virtualisation opportunities produced by Microsoft, Citrix, and VMWare, among others, offer brand-new solutions for rich client environments that move beyond the traditional boundaries of the enterprise network.
4. Document Sharing Improves Productivity
When a group of people are working on the same document around the world, it can be agonising waiting for one person to finish their part of the work, just so that they can send it to you via email, and wait for a response. Making sure that users can access, edit, and collaborate on projects in real-time is an excellent way to boost productivity and efficiency in the workforce.
There are several amazing cloud-based solutions available today, from Microsoft’s Office 365, to Google’s G-Suite, and more.
5. Firewalls and VPNs keep Data Safe
Finally, safety and data security are often big concerns in the world of remote work. Fortunately, virtual desktops can help to reduce some of the security issues associated with spreading tasks out across the world. However, companies do need to make sure that they also invest in endpoint security solutions and mobility management.
Virtual private networks and firewalls can be essential to keeping remote workers secure. Additionally, remote working programs should also be managed with stricter user controls that allow businesses to decide exactly how much access any user should have.
Rob is Founder & Publisher of UC Today, a leading news publication specialising in Unified Communications & Collaboration technologies.