Uncommon collaboration—new ways for remote teams to work together

As 3.7 million employees now work from home at least half the time, and with more teams offering new strategies for working remotely, investing in inventive ways to support your remote team’s needs can secure a greater future for your business. Why opt for remote work? Recent data suggests that remote teams enjoy greater happiness, because remote work empowers employees to perform in their preferred environment. With more and more organizations expanding globally each year, strong remote teams are not only an expanding norm, but a growing asset. Nevertheless, you can only secure the right results if you have the right tools. As you build your remote team, consider investing in the following resources.

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  • Online file-sharing and note-organization tools—When implementing a remote-working program, invest in software that makes it easy to store, organize, and share files, so you and your team can work on documents in and out of office. With real-time editing capabilities, you no longer have to hassle with the back-and-forth of email. In the software, make sure you can easily create notes, respond to questions, and log updates right on the document for the benefit of your entire team.
  • Video and text chat services for real-time conversations—As you’re determining how to set up communications across your remote team, consider instant messaging and video software. Why? Instant messaging allows you to quickly communicate with your colleagues, while voice and video services are great for longer obligations, like meetings. In fact, an upfront investment in chat services can even reduce future call and meeting costs.
  • Time and energy to create a strong remote culture—Despite your investment in software and services, nothing compares to an investment in the relationships between your team. Cultivating a strong culture of trust and mutual accountability in the onboarding phase and beyond will create enduring benefits. Try hosting video hangouts or schedule in-person events each quarter to help your teams connect.

Regardless if you’re a remote worker or industry leader in charge of multiple teams, you need the right setup and the right tools for getting the most out of your remote work. Considering these points as you move forward with securing assets for your remote workers will ensure you stay ahead of the trend, not lag behind.

Download the eBook, "Collaboration Hacks from Real-Life Teams," and check out the Modern Workplace episode, "The Anywhere Workplace: How to strike the right balance for your org."

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