Remote working with Microsoft
Apr 10, 2020
As the pandemic spreads all over the world, businesses start to realize the importance of remote working, and the need to collaborate despite the distances.
As the COVID19 pandemic spreads all over the world since the early 2020, more and more businesses start to realize the importance of remote working, and the need to collaborate smoothly despite the distances.
Due to the lockdown in many areas of the world, companies are being pushed to letting most of their workforce continue their work at home, in order to ensure employees’ health and safety.
“For a variety of reasons, we have seen an increase in the numbers of employees working remotely,” says Pouneh Kaufman, the principal PM manager in Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) who leads the internal deployment of Teams across Microsoft. “We’ve learned through experience how valuable it is when employees have the tools they need in these circumstances.”
It is understandable that many would question the quality of work when there might be disconnection with communication and the lack of tools available for utmost results, comparing to on-site work.
However, what is Microsoft providing that can aid in improving and enhancing distanced communication and connection?
Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform developed by Microsoft, that combines workplace chat, video meetings, file storage, and application integration, all in one.
To aid with remote working, a stable VPN system is recommended. VPN allows employees to access the company’s network remotely and safely.
For businesses that are looking to optimize and scale out their VPN capabilities, some of the best practices shown above and recommended by Microsoft are:
To improve the company’s culture and keep in touch with each and every employee, Microsoft uses SharePoint as a local portal to keep their teams in touch and updated with all events and useful information.
Employees can also adjust events that are related to them and non-related events will be filtered out. Each employee will experience SharePoint differently and each team will have their own version of SharePoint and what they will see.
“In this way SharePoint can act as a news aggregator, centralizing the news from across all the sites that are important to you,” Crewdson says. “We believe, as the news features continue to be adopted, we’re going to have more informed users. People are more productive when they’re engaged.”
Treat SharePoint as something similar to a customable intranet. Or employee portal. This makes sure that everyone can still feel like they are together and included even when they are not seeing each other face to face.
As technologies are advancing at an amazing speed, remote working is no longer a challenge, and there are many tools to maximize your work quality and ensure collaboration.
As one of the world’s IT leaders, Microsoft is making sure that all their customers can access tools that let them work and communicate easily without barrier or distance, so that businesses can reach out to more potential talents around the world.