How to engage remote workers
Just think of all the work that you could get done if you were able to work from home and only concentrate on the tasks of the day without those constant interruptions of phone calls or people shouting over the desk to ask you a question.
When you start to work remotely suddenly your days become not about the hours you spend at your desk, but about the number of tasks that you complete. The definition of work changes to ‘something you DO’ rather than ‘somewhere you GO’.
Working remotely appeals for a vast number of employers for a number of reasons, including increased productivity, a reduction in travel, energy use and requirements for office space.
But what about for the worker themselves? They may go a whole day without speaking to another person, they may not even leave the house from one day to the next. They would miss the conversation on the new order that has just come in or the anecdotal conversation about how to handle a prospective client. Sometimes working from home can be a lonely and isolating experience that needs to be addressed when implementing a flexible working approach.
One comment we hear from remote workers time and time again is that they don’t feel part of the team; they feel forgotten and not as valued as staff that have a physical presence in the office.
This loneliness and remoteness of working from home can in part be solved by implementing the right technology to allow for quick and easy communication, integration of remote workers in teams and sharing of calendars and tasks lists with all staff. Microsoft Office 365 is one solution that includes all the tools needed to allow a remote worker to fully integrate and become a member of the team:
Skype for Business
Microsoft Office 365 includes Skype for Business that allows you to see when your co-workers are online allowing you to start an instant message, voice or video call. You can also schedule online team meetings and share desktop presentations with your remote workers. These videos allow for High Definition and enterprise quality video experience which really is the closest you will get to actually being there in person!
With Microsoft Exchange, teams can share calendars, contacts and tasks. Remote workers can easily be added to email distribution lists ensuring that they do not miss out on emails and information that is being disseminated within the office environment.
Office 365 also includes SharePoint, a web-based portal that allows remote workers to collaborate on team projects, keep up-to-date with the latest company announcements and, take part in discussion boards. They can also set up alerts and workflows to automatically update them on selected information.
If you would like more information on engaging remote workers with Microsoft Office 365 then please contact EcoBytes. Our consultants can work with your team to ensure your entire remote working needs are met, achieved and exceeded. EcoBytes is also able to offer remote training and support via Skype for Business.