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Best IT Solutions for a Remote Workforce

Making sure that you are able to efficiently navigate the landscape of remote work requires a lot: a mastery of the most cutting-edge tools, a strategic plan, and a genuine desire to encourage both collaboration and productivity in your team.

Hybrid (or even fully remote) work isn’t just a COVID-era trend at this point. It’s proven that employees are happier, healthier, and more likely to stick around when given the option to work from home. If you can embrace this new way of work, your company can become one that fosters innovation and ultimately, lasting success.

So, what are the different types of remote working technologies you should be familiar with?

Video conferencing tools

The backbone of remote work, video conferencing means that you can be face-to-face with colleagues, clients and business partners even if you’re actually across the country from each other, not sitting on opposite sides of a conference table. Team meetings, project collaboration, and general connectivity don’t have to be a thing of the past, just because having a physical office space that everyone comes into might be.

Communication tools

Practically everyone you know that works in a corporate environment is familiar with either Microsoft Teams or Slack by now. Instant messaging and video conferencing tools like these make real-time communication nearly as seamless as walking over to a colleague’s desk to ask for their opinion. Teams, one of the biggest communication tools that we endorse, drives a feeling of inclusion in coworkers (even when they’re spread out across the country) by enabling team-based chats in Channels, threaded conversations and video communication. Not to mention, you have the option to quickly discuss things as a group without having to reserve a conference room or block off time in everyone’s schedule. Some tools like Figma and Miro take this even further, allowing for remote workers to collaborate on shared documents and designs on a live platform.

Cloud computing tools

Because cloud computing exists, we have tools like AWS and Microsoft Azure that increase the safety of your company’s online assets and provide a collaborative workspace for your remote workers.

The development of cloud computing as a concept meant that companies didn’t need to buy into, develop or manage their own IT infrastructure anymore – they could access whatever servers, databases or software they might need in an a la carte setting, whenever the need arose.

Cloud computing is scalable, accessible, and innovative – the three most important things when we’re talking about remote work solutions. Let’s talk about why each of those attributes are so crucial.

● Scalability

Ideal for businesses with workloads that fluctuate, or periods of high and low traffic.

● Accessibility

Accessibility is what gives remote workers the freedom to log-on from wherever they might be, whether that’s at home, from the coffee shop down the street, or halfway across the country at an Airbnb by the beach.

● Innovation

Helps you to stay ahead of the curve, and constantly improve your day-to-day business operations.

In other words, the cloud is the end-all-be-all of seamless remote work, and employees are singing its praises.

Today’s remote employees will become the blueprint for the workforce of the future, and they need the right tools to successfully pave the way for a productive, positive future. If you can integrate the solutions available to you now, you’ll position your company as an innovative, encouraging place to work for generations to come.