The pressing outbreak of coronavirus has pushed the boundaries of the modern workforce into something we thought would not be as efficient as office working. Now the common scenario of traffic jams and brushing elbows are slowly fading into the past. Thanks to technological advancements, people can work as efficiently at home the same as they were able to when in the office using the web and video conferencing via the Internet. This is expected to grow significantly in the near future with the continuing rise of confirmed Covid19 cases worldwide.
There are matters to be considered, however, which must be imposed to achieve the desired productivity and results. The million-dollar question is: How do you keep your staff connected and ensure they’re on the tasks when they’re far from your eyesight? This can be implemented with the right outsourced IT support services. Here’s how technology and IT managed services can get the best out of remote teams.
Storage access via cloud-based networks
Servers that can be accessed over the internet is no longer the future. It is the present—and your remote workforce cannot thrive without it. Can you imagine having to post documents across the globe whenever you need to work collaboratively with a remote team? Cloud-based networks eliminate this need and even come with a secure and effective point of contact for all teams who need it.
Video conferencing for meetings across the world
Wherever a member of your team is, at home or in a coffee shop halfway across the globe, there’s no reason to slow down communication anymore. With modern IT hardware and software technology, a member can easily jump into the meeting, collaborate and share their screens. It’s now easy to maintain efficient communication despite the long distance. In fact, it saves time and promotes flexibility.
Instant messaging for urgent matters
Drafting lengthy and technical conversations over email can be inconvenient. Then there’s the frustration when someone stops replying to your emails or doesn’t reply at all. It’s slightly different when it comes to instant messaging where messages and actions are received and recorded in real-time so the receiver reads the message without delay and without reason not to.
Time-tracking for accountability
There are a lot of apps nowadays designed to monitor the work progress of a staff, which is critical in a remote workforce. The technology is not so much about spying on each member as it is about establishing a work environment where mutual accountability takes place. Add time-trackers into daily agenda and ensure that your working hours are made visible to other members of your team.
Measurable and demonstrable rise in productivity
When the rules and policies are made clear across all teams, everybody is under a common understanding of the expected performance and results. Studies have found that the modern workforce can promote productivity. When a person is given the flexibility to choose the type of work environment he/she is comfortable to work in—may it be in the quiet confines of a room or in a bustling café, productivity will never be an issue.
Let us help you establish your desired type of remote workforce. For more information on how House of IT can help your business amidst the coronavirus outbreak, see our detailed guide on Managed Services or send your details and request for a callback.