Today’s labor force is more mobile and spread out than ever. Employees working remotely are becoming more common for many companies with off-site sales visits and working from home. Luckily, the growth of cloud computing is a perfect tool for managing your remote and mobile employees. Here are a few ways to use the cloud to manage off-site employees.
Collaboration – There are plenty of powerful tools that enable your team to work together on projects without having to be in the same room or office. Project management suites like Basecamp, Asana, and Podio are all great for managing projects from homes and promoting collaboration. If you’re looking for something more basic give Google Docs, Dropbox, Trello, and Evernote a try.
Communication – Integrating remote employees with your onsite team can be a challenge. However, video conferencing software like Skype and Google Hangouts are great for one-to-one conversations and team meeting. There are also screen-sharing services like UberConference, Join.me, and GoToMeeting for when everyone needs to be looking at the same screen. If you just need to send a quick message but don’t want to start a long email chain, use a messaging platform like Slack.
Protection – Security threats are always there, but cloud-based services use the latest technology to keep your data safe. Fail-safe backup and recovery systems should come standard on any responsible cloud service.
By centralizing collaboration and improving communication with cloud-based services, your remote employees will be more connected than ever. If your company hasn’t gotten its head in the cloud, consider doing so now—your team will thank you and your work will shine.