I’ve worked from home for over three years now and never been happier. Chances are your employees currently working from home enjoy the situation. Can a business run successfully with remote workers?
I recently spoke to the CEO of a successful nonprofit in Switzerland whose entire workforce of ten people works remotely. They have no central office, and employees live all over the world. Our current pandemic may speed up the business move to a more remote workforce.
I stick to a regular schedule to get my business work accomplished during the week. A well-delineated workday for employees keeps work-life from spilling into home life. It keeps teams on track with each other.
Exceptional communication becomes essential. You can’t walk to a desk to ask, but the question needs an answer now. One of the best solutions is a phone call.
There are many options to keep the communication lines open and business flowing without everyone in the same building. You need secure communications. Messaging apps offer numerous solutions and security with free or low-cost versions.
WhatsApp features message encryption, offers desktop and mobile versions, and includes group chats and video conferencing. Slack features file sharing between specific team members and mobile and desktop apps. Require tighter security? Signal is mobile-only but incredibly secure. You can also video call, group chat, and share files.
Our previous blog delved into the best video conferencing options. If you’d prefer not to deal with a VP’s sweatshirt choice, a straight-up conference call gets the job done. Try UberConference or FreeConferenceCall as low-cost options.
Author: Kris Keppeler, a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes for Crossing Genres on Medium.com and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling stories. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.