Ensuring that your business can effectively support remote working is becoming a crucial requirement.
Whether you have employees working from home or those that travel frequently, research has shown that remote working is set to rise steadily over the next few years and businesses need to ensure they have planned for any shifts in remote working trends within their own organisations.
Although it may not be suitable for all employees and companies, the advantages of remote working in terms of business productivity means that it warrants serious consideration. Happier employees due to better work life balance, increased staff retention and loyalty, lower recruitment costs and reduced overheads due to less office space being required are just some of the ways in which a business can benefit from remote working.
However, whether you already adopt remote working practices or if you’re planning to embrace them further, do you have the right tools in place?
Here’s what you need to make remote working a reality that enhances both employee and business productivity:
Connectivity and Communication – Strong connectivity to the company network and instant communication with colleagues regardless of location is a factor that enhances employee productivity. Also, remote workers need the same access to company information as office based workers.
A Multi-Device Workforce – Modern workforces are multi-device users, utilising a combination of smartphones, tablets and computers simultaneously either when working at home or when completing work on the move.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) Strategy – Allowing users to be involved in the device selection process, whilst ensuring the IT department retains the right level of control, helps employees to work more effectively on a remote basis. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) are becoming more popular in the workplace and enable employees to work securely and remotely with business-critical data.
Audio Conferencing and Video Conferencing – These tools enable meetings to take place with clients and colleagues based in remote locations easily, reducing the cost and inconvenience of all participants travelling to a specific location.
Work from anywhere with Mobile CRM
- Use Sage CRM for iPhone and Sage CRM for Android
- Schedule and manage important account activities on your phone or tablet
- View the communications history between your business and your customers
- Update customer information on the road