Though some places are starting to encourage employees to return to work, that’s not the case for everyone. It’s also not the case if you or your employees don’t feel comfortable with it. Even if you intend to open up your office again, you must leave the decision up to your employees. Some might be taking care of elderly relatives. Some might have an underlying condition that makes them more at risk than others.
No matter your situation, it’s time to audit through the remote working methods that you have used thus far and improve them. Finding the right remote work tools can be challenging, and it’s perfectly fine if you don’t like the ones you are currently using. Not only are there many more to choose from, but there are also many new options on the market now than even just a few months ago.
To help you improve your remote working capabilities, you’ll want to follow this guide:
Audit Your Current System
First, you need to know where to improve. This can be done in two ways.
1. Productivity Audit
A productivity audit is a professional audit of your entire system. You can bring in a consultant, or just make a note of the time it takes to do certain actions to find the tasks that are dragging your entire business down. Sometimes they just need more time; in other cases, it’s because of a hiccup in your remote system.
2. Employee Feedback
Ask your employees! They are the ones who have been working remotely so they will know what takes too long and what can be improved.
Migrate Fully to the Cloud
If you want to improve your remote working capabilities, then you need your entire business on the cloud. Not only will this enable remote workers to access the tools they need wherever and whenever it will also improve communication and capability between your software itself. Just remember to set up user access for each of your employees so that they can only use what they need to, and have unique IDs and passwords to keep your business safe and secure.
Keep Track of Employee Productivity
One of the most useful remote work collaboration tools is a productivity suite. This suite makes it easy to collaborate in real-time and also to keep track of where all your employees are on their respective tasks and roles. Interrupting their workflow to check in on their progress several times a day only cuts into work output, so productivity suites can be a real game-changer if you don’t already have them.
Do More with Video Messaging
Video messaging needs to do more than just allow for a two-way call. You need to make it easy and even pleasurable to allow for conference falls. This means using the right tool and even the right system to ensure that talking over each other doesn’t become a problem and that additional tools, like screen sharing, are easy to use.
Create a Digital Community
You need to create a digital community for the sake of your business and employee morale. With the right internal communications network, you can make it easy for teams to keep each other updated and even have fun through secure connections.