Staying home together can be a challenge when it comes to staying connected, apart. Many small to mid-sized businesses are feeling the anxiety of the #WorkFromHome life, just as many employees struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy and minimal disruption to their departmental teams. Business owners can use technology to ensure processes continue to run smoothly during COVID-19.
Microsoft Teams is the essential remote worker’s suite for empowering companies and keeping colleagues connected.
One of the biggest fears many companies harbor is the loss of productivity during this difficult time. The idea of transitioning an entire company to working remotely on minimal notice is a daunting undertaking. With the looming uncertainty and adjustment to new operating procedures, profit loss seems inevitable. Busy companies can’t afford a day off, let alone an undefined furlough.
Now that we’ve covered the doom and gloom, it’s time to look at the vast opportunities this “new normal” presents. There’s no need for productivity to drop off due to transitioning to a remote office. In fact, remote work has been on the rise with many of the top growing companies for the past few years. The key to success lies in the right tools.
Microsoft Teams eliminates the learning curve by keeping new technology simple. The user-friendly, all-in-one platform centralizes software, CRM databases, spreadsheets, messaging, and more in secured Cloud based location.
The result? Reduced employee downtime.
According to the Forrester Study: The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Teams, “having resources available online in Teams reduces downtime by 14.6 percent.” This allows for streamlined compliance and security while keeping your business on the upward growth curve.
Collaboration Made Simple
The benefit of a dynamic team is often erroneously linked to a shared, brick and mortar office. The reality is that it’s quite common for key executive members to operate on a long distance basis, with flexible hours and remote work quickly becoming the best way to attract high quality talent.
Teams makes collaboration a snap with easy document and screen sharing, data exchange, and personable communications. In fact, the recent Forrester Study found that “information workers were able to save 4hrs/wk through improved collaboration and information sharing.” This leaves extra hours to catch up on backlogged projects.
The fast, real time environment of Teams allows businesses to hold morning meetings, schedule conferences with core clients and investors, and check in anytime, anywhere. If your company is fast growing, there’s no reason to pump the brakes quite yet. Interviews are simple and timely via Teams, allowing multiple executive members to be a part of the process.
Best of all, Teams keeps your company together. The sense of camaraderie between our colleagues has never been more needed. Support your staff during this difficult time by fostering a culture of positivity and teamwork.
Budget Friendly for Reduced Overhead
Maintaining fiscal responsibility is more vital now than ever. There’s no need to invest in high tech solutions to keep your company running from home. Microsoft offers a range of affordable Office 365 and Microsoft 365 options depending on your company’s needs. Best of all, Microsoft Teams is proud to feature small business solutions. If you aren’t looking to purchase a bundled option, the basic app for Teams is free to download and can host up to 300 members.
In addition, travel costs were greatly reduced, freeing up overhead expenses. The Forrester Study found that “an average of 150 overnight trips [were] replaced with online meetings by year 3 [of implementation].”
We know the current state of #WorkingFromHome has yielded a lot of uncertainty, but in the transition to remote work, innovative, new opportunities are being discovered everyday. Your friends at Bluwater Technologies are here to support our business clients now more than ever with on demand IT services for small businesses.
Contact our experts for more COVID-19 guidance and tips on transitioning your office to a robust remote workforce.