With so many remote workers today, staying in touch requires more than just a smartphone. Demanding schedules, unexpected disruptions, and constantly changing customer and partner needs can make remote work a real challenge. And with so much going on in our fast-paced business world, we simply don’t have time to be out of touch with co-workers.
In fact, we need to be in regular communication with them – wherever they are working.
We also need access to all critical business information whenever we need it.
While most employees have smartphones, research shows that meaningful communication and collaboration with off-site workers can present a challenge. Quite simply, far too many remote workers don’t feel connected to their organizations. As a result, productivity and communication suffer.
To empower your workforce, you need tools specifically designed for collaboration to meet every employees’ unique and specific needs.
What does it mean to be connected? It means being able to:
If employees aren’t getting what they need, then companies need to find ways to make it happen, especially in our ever-evolving world of business. But how can we do that?
When meeting with your team in the same room is impossible, meeting over video is the next best thing. With all the videoconferencing tools available today, it seems like video meetings should be a seamless and unexceptional way of getting work done. But in a KRC Research survey commissioned by Ricoh, more than 80 percent of workers did not agree that videoconferencing and real-time collaboration was “very easy” for them to do.
That’s why unified communications tools are so vital for connecting a remote workforce. Using a videoconferencing console that requires no special knowledge or complicated hookups to operate can help remove barriers to collaboration. These all-in-one style tools, which can include everything from a camera to an address book, can be used both in the field and in the office — any room with an electrical outlet, really — providing the same level of connectivity no matter where you are. A truly business-ready solution will even allow workers to connect to these meetings using just their phones.