15th June, 2022
Remote and hybrid working is here to stay, but they can impact productivity. Here are three tools that can keep workers productive – wherever they are.
Remote and hybrid working has changed the way businesses operate. Employees can now conduct business on the go, from whatever location they’re in.
And with remote and hybrid working here to stay, making sure your business has the right tools and setup to support them is vital.
In this blog, we’ll highlight three important tools that enable smooth remote working and help your business stay secure and collaborative – even if your employees no longer share the same physical space.
The top three tools for remote and hybrid working:
To keep your hybrid workers safe
One of the major differences with employees now working outside the office is how you secure their devices. It’s no longer enough to have a strict on-premises security posture and assume that will cover all employees. Now, you need security across remote devices and networks as well.
Adopting a VPN (virtual private network) or ZTNA (zero-trust network access) can help your employees stay secure when connecting to networks outside the office, like public Wi-Fi. That way, they can remain safe from cyber threats, wherever they’re working.
To protect your business and employees
Making sure you have remote and hybrid working policies in place will also help to protect your employees and your business. Clear guidelines will ensure that your team are adhering to security measures. They’ll also help you implement best practices for balancing working remotely with days in the office.
But for policy implementations to function correctly, they need to be implemented across your entire business. Much of this comes down to properly training staff on new processes and procedures, but the right communications solutions can also help enforce important rules about how and when colleagues communicate with each other.
To collaborate while physically apart
This is arguably the most important tool you need to support remote and hybrid working. As your team spreads out physically, you need to ensure that conversations and collaboration can still occur smoothly and intuitively.
This isn’t just about making sure you have the ability to conduct online meetings. It also needs to involve 1:1 and group text chat capabilities as well as voice and video calls.
Having a communications solution that encompasses all these things is vital to ensure that your team can collaborate effectively both in the office and from their homes. It will also ensure that workers are able to seamlessly communicate with clients and customers, wherever they are.
A unified and complete communications platform
One of the simplest ways to implement some of these tools is through a unified communications solution. These can work with the devices you already have, allowing you to work from your current laptops, tablets, and smartphones – from anywhere.
Some unified communications solutions like GO CloudTalk also have the capability to apply rulesets and policies to protect your privacy by linking to a business phone number rather than a personal mobile.
Rapid access to the internet is vital for remote working, so with an internet solution like Plug’n’GO, you can connect to the internet from anywhere with a power outlet. And if your broadband connection goes down, it can switch to using mobile data – for a seamless transition and continuation of work.
If you want to learn more about some of the features to look out for when choosing a communications solution, check out our blog post: How to gain effortless collaboration with unified communication tools.