Working from home is nothing new, but here in the UK, it seems to be a trend that has been steadily increasing. It’s no longer just one or two employees who are working from home; instead, complete workforces, teams and departments have moved to a remote environment. Businesses are starting to realise the many advantages of making the shift to a remote workforce, such as savings in overhead costs, happier employees, more productive employees, and the ability to attract and retain talent from all over the country.
If you’re looking to increase the productivity and efficiency of your remote workers, tech tools are one of the best things you can invest in and embrace. Here’s a look at six essential tech tools that are ideal for remote workers.
Remote Hosted Desktop
One of the most important tech tools for remote workers is access to all the necessary files, documents, client information and projects. All of this can be achieved through a remotely hosted desktop service from a company like Evolvit, which allows every employee to have access to the same tools and content in real-time. This type of hosted service is meant to give businesses flexibility so that productivity can be achieved from any location.
Evolvit is a UK company that has made quite an impressive reputation for itself and is now considered one of the top outsourced IT service providers. Their remote hosted desktop service can transform the way your team works, communicates and collaborates. They can write up a report to suggest what your company needs and you can go from there.
Video Conferencing Tech
Speaking of communication, this is another key element for remote workers. Business owners may have dozens of remote workers scattered all over the place, which means meeting in person isn’t ideal or realistic. That doesn’t mean communication channels should be ignored, as all departments need to work in conjunction with one another so that business flows smoothly. So, what’s the solution? You can turn to tech tools once again.
Video conferencing tech tools will be among your most used items when it comes to your remote workforce. They allow for virtual meetings at any time and from any place. You can have a virtual meeting with just one employee, or dozens – whatever is needed. There are many professional platforms you can use for your video conferencing needs such as Skype for Business, Zoom and Join.me. Try checking out each website to get an idea of their pros and cons so you can pick one that matches the company’s specific needs.
Powerful Desktop or Laptop
In terms of the equipment your remote workers need, a desktop or laptop will most likely be required. You of course want to be sure the computer is powerful and reliable enough to handle any of the software and platforms the company uses. This means looking into office-quality models, not just those that are meant for personal, at-home use.
Depending on the work your company does, you may also want to invest in oversized monitors for workers. This is handy when employees are dealing with small details, design elements, layouts and so forth. The large monitor will make for a much clearer picture and more comfortable use.
Cybersecurity has become a massive issue for businesses of all sizes over the past decade. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in; every company is a potential target for cybercriminals. What this means is that you need to give thought as to how you will keep all files and documents safe and secure when employees aren’t working in one central location. Therefore, one tech item that you want to splurge on and get the best of the best, is antivirus software. Make sure to get professional-grade software so it goes above and beyond. You will also want to speak to employees about how to keep data safe – which will likely include the use of passwords. Passwords should be difficult to guess (not easy to hack) and should be changed regularly.
Smartphone or Tablets for On-the-Go Employees
Finally, if your employees spend a lot of time on the road visiting clients and customers in person, you may want to supply them with smartphones and/or tablets. This allows them to be productive from any location, still have access to all files and documents through a cloud server, communicate with other employees and set up an office away from their home.
Making the transition to a remote workforce is a big deal and one that can yield fabulous results. Even if you’ve already made that transition, there’s a good chance there is still room for improvement. All of these tech tools will help your remote workers to be productive and efficient at all times, which means your business will benefit.
Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.