Over the last couple of months, businesses of all sizes have adjusted to the reality of remote working. Now, even as the U.S. begins the re-opening process, many of them are continuing to allow (or require) some employees to clock in from home offices.
This brings us to an interesting point in the development of remote working arrangements. While the first couple of months might have been about getting acclimated, now organizations and workers are trying to take things to the next level. By that, we mean they want to move from “getting by” to “making the most of it.”
How do you maximize the effectiveness of yourself and your team when you’re spread out geographically? Here are a few goals you should shoot for…
Better Home Connectivity and Productivity
The only way to ensure remote workers don’t miss a beat is to have strong, fast, and reliable internet connections. In some cases that might mean upgrading plans and equipment, or evaluating the physical layout of the home to reduce interference from signals.
On the productivity side, it’s possible for remote personnel to actually accomplish more than they would in a traditional office, but only if they have the right tools and training. Make sure your staff has every advantage by passing along our posts and guides on the subject.
True Collaboration with Remote Teams
Working from home can be easy when you’re doing it by yourself. When your tasks or projects involve other team members, though, things get more complicated.
You can reduce friction (not to mention back-and-forth emails) with simple tools like slack chats, file sharing platforms, and project management apps. With these, you can know that every member of your team is following the same playbook, that they are all seeing and modifying the same files, and that details like schedules and deadlines are being coordinated.
Extensive Savings for Your Time and Budget
It seems obvious in hindsight, but many business owners and executives only seem to now realize that it can be much less expensive to have team members working from home than it is to keep a large office. You can work with your IT partner to figure out the short-term and long-term implications, but it’s entirely possible that you can help your bottom line by encouraging remote work.
Along the same lines, people who work without distractions may be able to be sharper and finish projects faster. If roles and responsibilities allow for it, why not pull back your weekly schedule – and the schedules of your employees – so everyone can enjoy more time off? It might even allow you to get more productivity from everyone when they’re on the job.
Need Better Tools for Remote Working?
At Fantastic IT we have helped hundreds of client companies – and thousands of workers – to implement remote working solutions. Whether you need to get more done for your home office, or simply want to ensure employees and vendors are on the same page, we are ready to step in and provide the expertise you need.
Contact a member of our sales team today to schedule a consultation and see what we can do for you!