Are my remote employees working? In this article, we explore how the answer to this question can make everyone more productive.
Time: 6 minute read
We continue to see a rise in the numbers of remote and mobile employees. For some companies, remote work is just a way of life. For others, especially those whose business model relies primarily on office work, a shift to increased remote work can prompt the question:
How can I tell if my remote employees are working?
A simple answer is, if the work gets done, they’re working, right?
But we can look at the question a little deeper for greater insight.
Today’s technology makes remote work not only possible but simple, which is why it has become so common. There are many reasons why you may choose to enable either a handful of remote workers or an entire mobile workforce:
Your reason for offering remote work may also answer the question of who your remote employees are and how effectively they work in a remote environment.
Ultimately, whether your employees are remote or office-based, you hired them to be productive, contributing members of your team.
There are 3 keys to keeping your employees productive when working, wherever they are working. They need:
Typically, these applications come with extensive reporting features. One type of reporting, user activity, can reveal how and when your employees engage, offering insight into ways you can support and encourage their productivity.
Collaboration keeps people active and working. Collaboration tools keep people working together.
Sure, many tasks require an individual to get focused and work alone. Before and after, however, the work involves a team. Maybe it moves on for approval. Maybe it’s a presentation. Whatever comes next, work – for both remote and office workers – flows between individual and team efforts.
Fortunately, you have a lot of tools at your disposal to facilitate these tasks. For example:
Maybe you only need one of these. Maybe you need more. Many companies find a combination provides the full range of tools to stay productive.
All of the technologies above offer reporting on user activity and usage. There are many ways to use the data. One way is to use it to uncover ways to support and encourage your employees – and identify opportunities to help boost productivity.
One tool we use and recommend for collaboration – and which includes great reporting – is Microsoft Teams®.
Microsoft Teams® is a component of Microsoft 365™. It offers call, chat, and video conferencing features. When you create and implement your team, you can get an Exchange™ Online shared mailbox and SharePoint™ Online site and document library to extend its functionality.
A big reporting benefit is how it keeps working even when someone may be offline or struggling with inconsistent internet connectivity.
Microsoft Teams® gives you two activity reports: user activity and device usage.
For more information on Microsoft Teams® reporting, check out our post “User Activity Reporting in Microsoft Teams®”.
If Microsoft Teams® sounds like it might be an ideal way to engage and support your remote workers, contact us.