• 5 essential tools you need to be productive anywhere

By 2020, half of the UK workforce will be working remotely. Moving from a traditional office environment to ‘life on the go’, so to speak, can be daunting. Your employees are now free range, and it’s important they have access to everything they need to get the job done.

Fortunately, a shift in the way we work brings with it a shift in how we work, too. With cloud adoption soaring, here’s the essential on-the-go gear you need to get the job done, whether it’s in the city or at the beach.

 

1.Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business

First things first: relationships are everything. Even though your employees are working remotely, it’s essential that they’re still in contact with one another.

Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business are both cloud-based communication tools that make connecting with your employees easy to do. And don’t worry, thanks to Microsoft’s state of the art Security Centre, your secrets remain just that: a secret.
 

2.Basecamp

Now you have the tools to communicate, you need the tools to collaborate. Basecamp, then, offers your employees a place to perform transparent project management. Nothing more, nothing less.

Build checklists, assign tasks and share important documents with one another over the internet, and witness in real-time the day-to-day activity of your team.

 

3.Surface-as-a-service

The biggest barrier to productivity is technology. In most cases, it’s slow, clunky and challenging to work with. But surface-as-a-service changes that.

Today’s iterative licensing model that many software companies have adopted is now available for your hardware, too. By leasing surface technology like the Surface Pro or Surface Book, you can hit the ground running and pay back costs in a timescale that suits you.

 

4.Office 365: an office in a backpack

With good hardware comes good software. Office 365 is an all-encompassing virtual office, built for the on-the-go worker.

Comprising state-of-the-art email, Microsoft Office collaboration tools and document storage applications like Sharepoint, you can login and work at any time and from any location, meaning that the world really is your oyster.

 

5.Boomerang for Outlook

For ultimate productivity, spend less time checking your emails and more time doing the work.

Boomerang for Outlook lets you schedule and send messages at the perfect time. It also integrates a smart calendar assistant that schedules meetings and shares your real-time availability.

Work hard, anywhere

At the core of remote working is reliable hardware. Software can be virtually brought and updated, but hardware needs physically replacing. And that can be costly. With surface-as-a-service, then, employees can always have access to reliable technology at reasonable prices, no matter what their location may be.

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