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Best Technology for Working Remotely

September 22, 2020 No Comments

Featured article by Josh Proud, Independent Technology Author

studentsRemote work has gained massive popularity over the last couple of years. According to a 2019 survey, approximately 5 million employees in the U.S work from home. And going by recent trends, it’s here to stay. Working remotely helps to reduce overheads, boosts productivity and leads to greater work efficiency. However, going remote comes with its own fair share of challenges. Therefore, finding the best technology is key to a seamless remote working experience. Here are some of the best tools for working remotely.

Cloud Computing

When you are working remotely, you will rarely be meeting face to face with your colleagues, which means you will need a platform that you can use to share files and exchange information. Well, cloud computing is the perfect technology for this. It provides a virtual space that recreates your work environment, offering application management, data analysis, security, storage as well as support, among others. Numerous platforms offer cloud computing services like Alibaba, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services, among others.

Unified Communications

Communication is vital regardless of where you work. And when you are working remotely, you don’t have the luxury of dropping by your co-workers’ desks for a chat or in the hallway for a quick chat. So, you need to find a means of staying in touch. Well, email tools like Gmail and Outlook are perfect for such situations.

Mobile Tools

As much as you are working remotely, you will still need access to various physical tools, hardware and equipment used in a physical office setting. But instead of things like chairs, desks, and office kitchens, workers will need mobile tools. These tools can include things like laptops, smartphones, as well as internet access. With these mobile tools, remote workers can operate from any corner of the globe.

Video Conferencing

Meetings, discussions and other similar exchanges have to take place, even when you are working remotely. Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever before, thanks to video conferencing tools. With tools like Webex and Zoom, remote workers can continue having meetings and discussions, regardless of where they are. For Zoom, you just need to create the time and date for the virtual meeting and then share the link with the attendants.

Project Management Tools

Managing, coordinating and running projects when your employees are working remotely can sometimes prove to be a challenge. But with the right project management tools, coordination can be seamless and effortless. Virtual project management tools such as Basecamp, Trello, Asana, Microsoft Teams and Teamwork Projects, will enable every person in the team to set their goals and tasks, track their progress, and hold each other accountable, whenever there is a missed deadline.

In today’s digital world, work is no longer limited to the confines of 9 to 5 or in a physical office. People can work anywhere and anytime, communicate, collaborate, check their emails, send messages, share information and coordinate with each other. In recent months, IT support has become more crucial as workstations are now based at home for many people. Although IT support is essentially virtual, it can be more beneficial if an IT team or manager is based within the premises, or even locally such as an IT support Leeds company for a Leeds based business. The most important thing is to choose the right tools and implement them in your remote working strategy. Besides, more tech solutions and tools are coming up every day, designed to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of remote work.

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