With trends towards flexible working, many employees are now working from home at least one day a week. It is becoming increasingly important to ensure that employees have full capability to work remotely, and can feel just as connected to the company as non-remote workers. Technological advances have led to a significant increase in the use of personal mobile devices for work, meaning that anyone now has the capability to work remotely. Working from home or on the go has a wealth of benefits for employees – many claim it provides them with a better work/life balance and allows them to be more productive and efficient since they can work wherever they are and at any time.
But there are a number of challenges posed by the increasing trend of remote working. IT departments are being asked to find ways of ensuring that corporate data is adequately secured and managed across all remote devices, and managers have to make sure that remote employees are just as motivated, focused and productive as those who work onsite.
The solution to this? Unified communications and video collaboration systems. Technology that connects remote employees to the organisation through capabilities such as video conferencing, audioconferencing, online collaboration and instant messaging can provide a wealth of benefits, including:
- Improved accessibility of information
- Ability to read non-verbal cues
- Increased “face-time” with prospects and customers
- Better connected mobile employees
- Improved business relationships
- Shorter decision-making cycles
- Improved project management and team collaboration
- Competitive advantage
So for more information about how you can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of mobile workers through online collaboration technologies, read our guide to empowering remote workers with video conferencing.
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