With most of us now working from home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Huon IT has been flat out helping clients (and our own team) embrace the shift to remote working.
During this time, we’ve experienced incredible business transformations at unprecedented rates and gained interesting insights into how the right IT tools can ensure teams are empowered, engaged and effective.
Here’s a summary of our top five tools for a dynamic remote workforce:
1. SOFT PHONES
Clumsy forwards to staff mobiles aren’t sustainable in the long term.
Cloud-based phone systems allow staff to make and receive calls via headsets on their laptops, or a mobile app. Central consoles provide visibility across which of your staff are available, on calls, offline etc.
2. VIDEO CONFERENCING & CHAT COLLABORATION
The formation of workgroups, meeting rhythms and easy communication channels is key. We suggest Teams for small meetings and persistent chat, as well as streaming live events. Zoom is popular for larger group catch-ups.
3. TO DO LISTS & DOCUMENT COLLABORATION
Office 365 online allows the co-editing of documents in real-time, and Microsoft Planner shares to-do lists and task allocations.
4. ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES
In lieu of printing out contracts and other documents requiring signatures, we’re leveraging Adobe tools to insert electronic signatures.
5. DOCUMENT DIGITISATION, FORMS & WORKFLOW AUTOMATION
Any traditionally paper-based process, such as accounts payable (from printing invoices, stamping and approving, through to processing and payments) can now be done digitally – removing the need for physical document handling.
If you would like to discuss how any of the above toolsets could help your team, please get in touch.