Technologies to power the modern workplace

by Phoebe Parsons

Phoebe Parsons | Account Executive at claireLOGIC

The definition of a workplace has changed drastically over recent years. Almost all industries no longer operate through what was once considered a normal ‘office’ job. Studies show around 50% of employees now work on a hybrid basis, partly from the office, and partly from home. Some employees now even work remotely on a permanent basis.

Trends show this flexible working approach is likely to continue, if not increase in popularity going forward. This is because more and more businesses are realising the majority of their operations can still be carried out comfortably whilst working from home. This is not to mention the increased expectation from employees themselves to have the option to work from home.

That being said, a business’s ability to work in such a manner does require some increased assistance from technologies that perhaps weren’t quite as vital previously. Working remotely calls for seamless communication and collaboration to keep things running smoothly. Tools such as Microsoft Teams and Office 365 are key in enabling this.

 

Microsoft Teams

Advantages:

  • Allows for real-time targeted communication across different devices. Means everyone receives the same updates across the files in real-time. This increases the efficiency of home working as it can virtually replicate all office communication environments, including meetings.

Teams, along with other tools such as Zoom, facilitate hybrid meetings. This is key as communication between remote workers and office workers are just as important for business operation as remote to remote worker communication is. This, in combination with Office 365’s ability to allow multiple individuals to collaborate simultaneously on all types of documents, ensures that office-level productivity is maintained at home.

 


Microsoft 365

Advantages:

  • Enabling staff to work from any remote location – the ability to access your office anywhere, at any time.
  • With Microsoft 365 – users get the latest access to the Office suite across the business – regularly updated with the latest security and functionality features. All files are compatible across the whole business.

Now all this home working tends to mean documents are saved in all sorts of different locations, making it that bit more difficult for other employees to access. That’s just one reason why cloud migration is even more important in the modern workplace.

 


Cloud

Advantages:

  • Cloud migration allows easy access to organisational data from any device and reduces the risk of loss if your physical hardware stops working.
  • Cloud migration also has lots of other benefits including integration, cost reduction, and scalability. This is because it allows for different systems to be connected, improving business efficiency at a potentially much lower cost than maintaining local data centres, all with the flexibility to up/downscale to facilitate changing requirements and business plans.

 


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