Working remotely continues to grow in popularity. As technology races to bring more innovation into offices around the world, the landscape slightly changes each time, making work easier and more effective. This is particularly true for the remote workforce, a leading factor in the changing workplace environment.
This is only increasing, with studies indicating a continual rise in the number of remote workers. According to a study by the International Workplace Group (IWG) over 50 per cent of Australian employees work remotely for at least half of the week while more than two-thirds work at least one day a week outside the office, this is particularly pertinent for Central Coast dwellers.
Here are some key factors to consider to help your team embrace working remotely utilising technology:
Face-to-face interactions are ideal, but when that’s not a possibility, video conferencing systems like Zoom do a great job of making up for the physical separation. Video conferencing, as opposed to conference calling, is known to be much more effective for connecting and engaging employees and produces more efficient and productive exchanges.
When it comes to remote and mobile work, “real time” is the name of the game. File sharing systems like Google Drive that allow employees to collaborate on documents in real time are critical to reducing frustration and improving productivity.
There are a variety of tools and platforms that make collaboration and knowledge sharing a breeze, no matter where employees are located. Unlike email, communication apps connect workers instantly and provide accountability with timestamps and read receipts.
The best platforms provide a single place where employees can communicate in all modes – messaging, voice and video calls, content sharing, push to talk and more. With employees connected on a single platform, no one gets excluded from news, information, or each other.
Designed to help teams accomplish tasks and meet deadlines, project management tools like Asana and Basecamp make it easy for remote teams to assign tasks, track progress and complete to-do lists.
Less commuting, more creativity
The IWG survey found that flexible working not only reduces commuting time, but enhances productivity, staff retention, job satisfaction and even creativity. This is in addition to the financial and strategic advantages that it brings for businesses.
Greater occurrence of outsourcing
Changes in technology and digitisation have led to a growing use of on-demand services generally in business, with organisations of all sizes wanting to increasingly outsource non-core activities. CCTS Telecommunications & IT are supporting local businesses to be more productive with less downtime.
It’s important that your team are able to engage effectively when operating remotely. Technology tools and ever evolving smarts can make this possible, enabling you to connect and engage employees as if they were in the same room.
The team at CCTS is here to help you make your remote working dreams a reality. If you need assistance with setting up or improving your team’s environment, please do not hesitate to give our friendly team a call on 1800-244-244.