Recent tech trends have caused a shift in nearly all business operations. Remote employees are becoming dependent on the cloud, readily accessible Internet, and mobile devices to work virtually from any location. Companies are also allowing their employees to work remotely due to the maneuverability permitted by mobile devices, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Many companies with over 2,500 workers find remote working enhances productivity and efficiency.
With the latest technology, remote operations have become widely accepted and a necessity in some situations. Following are some great tools to sustain employees’ productivity and increase workplace efficiency.
Organization and time management software
Timesheets, deadlines, and schedules are all essential components in an organization and can allow a remote team to be as efficient as an onsite team. Remote workers can even be better than their counterparts in the office when provided with the right tools. Scheduling and time management software allows remote workers to track their hours and know when they are supposed to clock in and out and schedule their work. Time management software also enables HR managers to track and monitor their workforce, even while they’re out of the office.
There are plenty of tools that companies can use to boost productivity, but it’s crucial to find one that enables a good work-life balance. Companies need to equip their workers with tools that track their efforts and time so they also know when to relax. Before you buy, ask a prospective software provider about how their tool facilitates work-life balance, improves workers’ satisfaction, and boosts their productivity.
Achieving productivity involves managing documents and working collaboratively on various projects. That means remote workers must be able to share documents digitally across time zones and over many miles. Investing in tools and software that can facilitate sharing files without hiccups can make the process seamless. For example, some companies use Google tools to allow remote workers to work on the same project from different locations. However, there are plenty of file management systems available. No matter which tool they choose, cloud-based file-sharing software is ideal for a company with remote workers.
Companies can use project management tools as the hub of their activities. Everyone wants tools that can monitor and track their daily duties and tasks to maintain an elevated level of efficiency. It’s possible for organizations to manage their productivity levels, or even make them more efficient, by investing in comprehensive project management software that is integrated in the cloud and runs on mobile devices. Project management software can also enable remote workers to assign tasks to others, ensuring the right talent and professionals are brought into a project as needed. Furthermore, allowing on-the-go employees to assign roles to each other, collaborate on various activities, and schedule deadlines can enable an organization to meet and exceed its efficiency standards. Project management software also provides team members with progress reports to help keep them on track and allow supervisors to monitor their performance.
Collaboration and communication software
Remote workers need to maintain continual communication to maintain high productivity levels. Tools such as smartphones, tablets, and computers will allow them to communicate seamlessly. Equipped with a smartphone, a field technician or sales representative trying to solve a problem can immediately reach an expert in the office with a text message or phone call. Companies can also use collaboration and communication software to send notifications to remote workers anywhere, even at home or on the way to a job site. Sales reps no longer have to wait to get to the office to get updates or enter reports into the database.
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