You may have heard of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, and how it’s quickly spreading to other countries around the world? If you haven’t, it’s time to start sanitizing! But we are almost sure most people are aware of it and are taking precautions to stop it spreading. Offices are closing, transport is being cancelled, meetings are being postponed or cancelled, and resources are running low. Although these precautionary measures are sensible, businesses are starting to worry about continuity and durability. Is your business flexible enough to keep your people away from the office, whilst maintaining business as usual?
We’ve all heard about flexible and remote working, where employees can work from anywhere on any device, and still stay connected to the business and other employees at all times. This brings with it many benefits: improved staff retention, greater efficiency for businesses and employees, lower commuting costs, and lower stress levels. Luckily at T-Tech we were fully equipped for flexible and remote working long before the scare of COVID-19, already holding meetings, interviews, and getting day-to-day work done remotely. Without realising it, this virus is preparing businesses to become future-proof, and ultimately adopt positive change.
Using the technology available to us, Microsoft Teams has made it easy for our staff to work from home or on the move, as well as joining and hosting video meetings and conference calls, just as we would in the office. Teams is supporting us to remain connected and productive, and its extensive features actually make it a much better alternative to travelling:
- Video and voice conference calling from your desktop or mobile
- Screen sharing with or without video
- Live captions for those who aren’t native English speakers
- Recording of meetings for follow-ups
- Blur your background to keep the focus
- Change participant settings during meetings
- Document sharing during meetings and on channels
- Instant chat for communicating amongst teams and departments
Sometimes it takes a crisis to create some real change. This not only opens opportunities for cost saving and increased productivity, but also normalises flexi-working, which is where the future is headed.