Technology tips for working remotely
Many Australian businesses are implementing work-from-home arrangements to maintain business continuity. You need to consider how your workers will work remotely, and…
Many Australian businesses are implementing work-from-home arrangements to maintain business continuity. You need to consider how your workers will work remotely, and technology is key to enabling this process without sacrificing productivity and professionalism. Here are a few technology tips for working remotely to get you set up and working productively.
Make sure all your devices are up to date
Security is so important for businesses. If you are working remotely and are using your own personal devices, you need to ensure that the software is kept up to date.
Establish a reliable internet connection
The foundation for working remotely is a good quality internet connection. If you find that your Wi-Fi is not reliable enough, you could look into upgrading your router. It is also a good idea to check your router’s firmware and ensure it is running the latest version.
Establish a communication plan
Communication is key to remote work. You should be having regular team meetings and brainstorming sessions, as you would when working in the office. If you are already using the Microsoft Office Suite, you can use Microsoft Teams for remote communication. It is a fantastic tool for instant messaging, audio and video calls, and is quicker than emailing back and forth. To hold remote meetings with clients, use software like Zoom for audio and video conferencing.
Use the cloud
One of the easiest ways to smoothly transition between working in the office and remotely is by utilising cloud technology. There are different ways to use the cloud, from full remote access to your workspace or using online cloud storage. Using online cloud storage is a great option for keeping you connected with your team. A program such as Microsoft OneDrive makes it easy to share files and collaborate with colleagues remotely. Additionally, if your business uses PBX cloud phone systems, you can set up an application on your mobile device as a ‘softphone’ to still receive your phone calls remotely.
If you are working remotely, these are just a few ways you can keep working productively and professionally.