Basic Tools for Remote Success
The perception is that your company needs some kind of exotic remote infrastructure to have the ability to have employees work remotely. Simply thats not true !
Many companies already use web based remote access portals such as Sales Force and a variety of portal cloud based system which allows uses of databases. The biggest issue is of trust and communication.
The trust factor is one that the employer needs to have confidence in the abilities, motives and dedication of their employee.
This starts with having high quality people that are focused on a common goal.This starts with having a human resources department that is also focused on building a core group that is developed by hiring individuals who are committed to personal and company success and importantly growth.
These types of individuals are usually self-motivated professionals that have a thirst for learning and seeking excellence, they are highly responsible and borderline work-a-holics. They are professionals that have succeeded without working under supervision and they like their jobs !
If your employee meets that criteria, studies from Intel, Cisco Systems and a variety of universities has shown that, they will not only be more productive and efficient employees but also happier ones which will value a monetary gain, less!
So how do you communicate?
It cant be anymore simple or cost effective. With phones, email, text, IM and video messaging, there isnt much that you will be missing in regards to communication either oral or written. The number one tool for communication is a simple Skype account, Skype not only will allow you to IM, video chat but also simply drag and drop files of almost any size. Although very common many people overlook how easy and effective communicating via Skype can be.Another tool to share files is DropBox, which also allows for storage.
In regards to communication, there isnt anything you will be missing but a chat in the breakroom. Sharinginformation, files and documents are also easy so what next, the complex projects that need intervention?
For more complex projects TeamViewer allows one user to take control of the other users computer and users to share their desktops. It is very easy to install and easier to use. This tool allows training and project development to occur as if 2 or more people are in the same room on the same computer. You can train, discuss, develop or brainstorm from your high rise office or home office.
In your office you can always have someone take a peak at your screen, remotely you can too, ScreenHunter lets you take a snap shot of an area, the active window or the entire page, with just a touch and saves it to your desktop ot designated file for you to share.
As you can see, there isnt much in you can do in the office that you cant do working remotely but maybe stand over the shoulder of your employees, and you can do that to, if so you chose!
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