The pandemic shutdowns around the world have sped up the transition towards remote working.
Organisations that were already switching to this form of work gradually have been better positioned to make the change wholeheartedly. However, even those businesses that came late to remote working are jumping on board. But it is important for all businesses to have the right tools at their disposal, to make the most out of the remote work experience.
For better or worse, there has also been an explosion of development in terms of applications and software that cater to the remote worker. While the selection is impressive, some of these tools are far more helpful and important than others. Knowing what you need to make the most of your employees’ time at home will help you pick the right software packages.
Let’s look at some of the essential software packages that you will need to bring successful remote working to your workplace.
One of the first things you need to sort out when you make the switch to remote working is how to keep your employees’ schedules on track. While your old way of scheduling might work, it is important to consider the realities of remote work and how this may change both your workforce requirements and your employees’ needs.
For example, many parents have been working with their children at home, which can make them less available for shift work. Finding the right software that can allow your employees to set their availability and for you to track staff hours with a time clock app is essential.
Video Conferencing Software
One of the biggest challenges of remote work is the lack of face to face time. As of yet, there is simply no substitute for what can be done when employees are physically in the same place and can see each other in “real-time”. However, video conferencing is a close substitute.
Finding the right video conferencing software is essential because some software packages are better than others.
When choosing the right type for your business, consider how many employees will be able to join a call at once. Consider what kinds of additional tools and helpful options will improve your employees’ productivity.
With more of your team working remotely, you may find that your business is more exposed to cybersecurity risks. Taking the necessary precautions to keep your data secure throughout your organisation is important. Explore antivirus software packages that cater to remote working. And try using cloud-based data storage software to keep your data protected, and easy to access.
Your teams will still need to regularly collaborate after you have switched to remote working. For this, you will need software tools that will help to foster the same brainstorming, creativity and productivity that your employees demonstrated before the pandemic.
Having cloud-based software that allows your employees to access and change documents in real-time and simultaneously is a good first step.