Embracing Working Remotely – While Maintaining Productivity and Collaboration

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Working from home. It’s been a topic of debate for the last decade or more, with some business leaders promoting it, some allowing an occasional work-from-home day, and some holding to a traditional office-only situation. Of course, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 around the world not only increased remote working as an option for some, it mandated it for many.

How will employees and organizations adjust to working from home?

What are organizations and employees to do? Will business ever go back to normal? How will employees adjust to working with all of the distractions around the house? These are fair questions, though there is plenty of evidence that workers actually are more productive at home, enjoy work more, have a more positive work-life balance, and avoid clogging the roadways for commuting. To see evidence of the lack of movement on the roadways, just check out some recent traffic maps of large metro areas all around the globe.

In reality, your employees are already adjusting to working from home on the internet. Shifts in the social culture outside of work have made the transition to remote work more seamless and less disruptive for most of your staff members. Most of them are well-versed in messaging, video calls and more from using their phones and tablets to connect to family and friends in their personal lives. The issue is really on the organization to decide if they will support remote work beyond this immediate crisis and how extensive their support will be.

The rush to Microsoft Teams

New technology like Microsoft Teams has helped organizations make an easier transition to remote work. Teams, overtaking Slack as the most popular collaboration platform, already took root in many Office 365 based businesses over the previous year. And the coronavirus outbreak sparked a fast and dramatic upswing in users.

Teams, as many of you know, is more than just chat and video calling  –  you get . . .

  • content repositories that enable multiple people to work collaboratively on Microsoft Office files
  • task management and scheduling
  • shared calendars and more

When organizations fully immerse in Teams, it can quickly become one of the primary applications that employees use. And what’s even better about it? It doesn’t matter where an employee is. The work in Teams stays seamless as long as there is an internet connection.

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