Software Solutions To Help You Work With Office Based Colleagues When Working From Home
Since 2005 the number of people working from home has risen 73% in the US, to over 3 million people. Working remotely enables employees to live a more accommodating timetable and avoid wasting time commuting to work, while employers can hire staff without the need to increase their headcount or having to buy extra computers. As bosses get more used to the idea of working remotely and adapting to the new way of working, the numbers teleworking is only going to grow. For that reason it's crucial that innovative new strategies to how we work are utilized to ensure remote employees can work smoothly with office based staff members. Thankfully, there’s a variety of applications that can make this possible: Skype - Now bought by Microsoft, Skype has been the home based worker's communication tool of choice for many years. Both voice and video calls between users are free, while calls to landlines and mobiles are reasonably priced but without having to pay money for line rental. Home based workers can buy an ‘online number’ which enables people to call them on a standard phone without knowing they're phoning a VoIP phone number. An business class VoIP option is ‘Go to Meeting’, which is more business focused and offers desktop sharing and the ability to hold both private and public chats in webinars. Huddle - One of the major challenges of having staff working from home is making sure everyone can access the same files. Without being able to keep an eye on people, it can be difficult to keep track of who is working on what. Huddle is a task management application used by 90,000 companies around the world with remote workers. It gives them with the awareness they need to ensure projects are on course and the whole team is working efficiently. When you look at the advantages, software like Huddle could be just as valuable even when everyone is working in the same office.
Dropbox - Google Drive and Dropbox document sharing applications are both available to use for free up to a certain storage capacity. In addition to backing up personal files, they can be used to help home based staff ensure they are always working on the most up-todate file. This is why many remote workers use Google Drive and Dropbox to share files with office based colleagues which they can work on at the same time. This eliminates the complicated task of tryng to combine track changes into one document. Employee monitoring Software - The fear factor for many employers of having home based staff is the possible visibility of what their staff are working on. This is why many are implementing employee monitoring software to minimize the risks and to boost productivity. Literally every download, instant message, website visit and keystroke can be recorded and tracked. With every keystroke monitored and recorded, home based workers will be unable to waste time without their supervisor knowing. It is understandable that remote workers might not like being watched and may find the monitoring intrusive. But for businesses it can get rid of the fear factor and risks of home based staff not getting on with their work without being watched. The trend of people working at home is here to stay. For remote working to be a success both remote staff and employers will need to utilize software tools to make it a success, so that globally dispersed teams can continue collaborating and working productively from any location. Author bio Whether it's to earn a second income or to replace their fulltime job altogether, lots of people dream of being able to work at home. I decided to share with you information from around the web on the scams to avoid and the genuine ways you can make money online from home. Click here to visit www.remoteonlineworkfromhome.com.
Published on Jun 11, 2013
A variety of applications that will help monitor employee or office based colleagues when working from home.