As more companies get back to business as usual, business as usual is changing. Now, a remote work environment and flexible working hours are standard offerings in the job market — and ones that make your company more desirable in the eyes of today’s talent.
In fact, 40% of people love the flexibility that remote work offers and over three-quarters would stay on with a current employers if they could work remotely. With 4.3 million people — or more — working remotely in the U.S., there is a real need for employers to expand their resources aimed at making the remote work environment more productive, efficient, and effective.
This article will help your business create a remote work tech toolkit that will meet the needs of a remote or hybrid work environment and foster collaboration, productivity, and profitability.
Creating a Remote Work Tech Toolkit That Gets Results
While most remote workers and their employers reported increased productivity as a result of a hybrid or remote work environment, a few disagreed. According to a report by Gartner, 20% of employees actually experienced a decline in productivity — one that they attributed to connectivity issues and technological changes.
To ensure your employees have everything they need to contribute to business success, consider curating a remote work tech toolkit containing the following items:
- Appropriate Office Technology
Printers are still a necessary office technology — perhaps especially in a remote work environment. Today’s office printers can serve as multifunction devices for extra utility. With a multifunction printer (MFP) in place, your remote team can scan, copy, fax, and print — allowing smooth communication and collaboration with in-house or other remote colleagues.
- Connectivity Solutions
Creating a virtual private network (VPN) or zero-trust network can help your remote workers stay in the loop to keep productivity — and employee satisfaction — high. And, if you choose zero trust, you can provide needed access to contractors, vendors, and partners with a high degree of security. To determine which is right for your business, work with a third-party Managed IT expert.
- Document Management Solutions
Once you have your office equipment and connectivity under control, it’s time to configure your communications channels. Most businesses run on information, regardless of the industry in which they operate. And nothing slows down productivity like not having the information you need at your fingertips.
A strong document management solution (DMS) can ensure authorized employees have fast access to all the information they need to get their jobs done faster. And, DMS’ have built-in cybersecurity protocols to keep your proprietary and sensitive information safer and more secure.
- Managed Print
That brings us to the realm of printing. With remote workers geographically scattered, it can be difficult to control print needs, supply replenishment, and data security. However, a managed print solution can ensure that even printers belonging to your remote workforce are updated and maintained on a regular basis for reduced downtime and increased security. Plus, automated supply replenishment means the appropriate supplies are delivered to remote offices exactly when they are needed, without extra hassle and paperwork.
Look to Doing Better Business for Your Remote Tech Needs
If you are like most businesses, managing a remote workforce may be a brand-new experience for you. In fact, it might even be a bit overwhelming. With employees — and their technology — scattered across many locations, keeping things organized, supplies ordered, and productivity high might seem like an unattainable goal.
At Doing Better Business, we make it easy to manage your remote workforce by offering many of the tools and technology you need to amplify remote productivity all in one spot. From state-of-the-art printers, copiers, scanners, and multifunction devices to leading-edge print and document management tools — we have what your team needs to get their jobs done better, faster, and with greater satisfaction.
Get what you need for a smooth transition to a remote or hybrid work environment. Contact a representative from Doing Better Business and get access to the products and services you need now.