Remote Team Collaboration Tips
From communication tools to mobile apps, follow our tips for enabling a remote workforce and discover how your business can succeed from virtually anywhere.
With more and more businesses embracing remote work, having the right tools to empower virtual employees is critical.
How to Improve Remote Team Collaboration
Over the years, remote working has gained popularity. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, businesses went virtual to maintain productivity and continue growing. Now, many companies are considering making remote work permanent due to its benefits for both employees and the businesses. Studies have shown that enabling a remote workforce can:
However, working remotely requires adjustments. To succeed, the right tools and policies are necessary. Here are a few tips that can help increase virtual team productivity while promoting collaboration:
Set Clear Expectations
Remote working comes with the bonus of added flexibility. That’s why it’s important to communicate clear expectations and set priorities for projects. Utilize project management tools so employees understand what is due each week.
Remote Team Communication
Since employees aren’t physically in an office, remote team communication is more important than ever. Utilize virtual meeting spaces, so your employees can continue to work as a team.
Utilize Cloud Computing
Create a safe, virtual work environment where employees can easily access apps and files wherever they are. Cloud computing is a vital tool for any remote workforce, providing a cost-effective and secure way for employees to share files and actively collaborate, particularly in real-time.
Between technology failing and personal interruptions, several issues can arise when working remotely. Give employees access to 24/7 IT support and mobile apps, allowing them to communicate when they need assistance and get timely resolution to issues, to avoid diminished business productivity.
Virtual Team Challenges
Running a business is challenging and having a remote workforce can feel even more so. Here are some of the common issues you may encounter in a virtual space:
Luckily, the tools you need to bridge these gaps are right at your fingertips. Read about the best technologies for enabling a remote workforce and find out how to overcome these challenges.
Best Technology for Working Remotely
AI Tools for Collaboration
Keep the communication lines open with weekly or monthly team meetings. Collaboration tools like Microsoft 365 allow you to host video and audio calls, which makes it easier to promote team collaboration regardless of where employees are working. Co-workers can also collaborate on projects through screensharing and whiteboarding, file sharing and version control of Excel, Word and PowerPoint files hosted on SharePoint.
Project Management Tools
Conveniently plan and manage tasks and projects with tools like Microsoft Project, Microsoft Tasks, Asana, and Jira. With these comprehensive project management tools, you can assign tasks to individual employees, create subtasks and set deadlines. This gives the team visibility into what is being worked on and helps everyone prioritize.
Managed Device as a Service (MDaaS)
An MDaaS solution provides your remote workforce with required technology, such as laptops and tablets. Your employees will have also have access to 24/7 technical support and are able to renew damaged, stolen or lost devices. Perhaps most importantly, as a monthly fee-based lease service, it ensures a more regular refresh cycle on devices, while pivoting away from costly CapEx drains.
Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
Allow your team to work virtually anywhere with DaaS. Whether they log on from home or a plane, this service allows employees to access their desktop and apps via any device, as long as there’s an Internet connection. This service is fully customizable, allowing you to add new users with the click of a button and provides powerful administration of security, application conformity and access-level control, while always providing the latest Windows environment.
Whether working on a beach or in a cabin in the woods, mobile apps offer remote employees the flexibility they need to keep up productivity, no matter where they are. You may also want to provide your remote employees with portable mobile hotspot devices so they can take their work on the go and easily connect where WiFi may not be readily available.
If you’re planning to make a remote workspace a permanent solution for your business, start analyzing which tools can help improve communications, alleviate IT strain and boost security. Cox has a suite of cloud-based solutions that are easy to implement and cost-effective. Choose the plan that works for your remote workspace and customize your services as the need grows. With the right planning and tools in place, you can help your business succeed from virtually anywhere.
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