TINYpulse, an employee engagement firm, revealed in a recent survey that 91 percent of U.S. workers become more productive when given the freedom to work outside the office. On a happiness scale from 1 to 10, remote workers scored 8.10, whereas office workers scored 7.42. So more business owners are offering remote work policies, which is no surprise.
Despite that, many business owners think running a decentralized business is challenging. They ask the question, “How do I keep employees productive and connected without grounding them to the office?” The answer is cloud technology.
The cloud, a highly versatile platform, has many benefits including enhanced accessibility, workforce mobility, security, and convenience. Let’s dig a little deeper to see why cloud technology is ideal for supporting a remote workforce.
Anytime, anywhere, any device access
Cloud computing lets you share information across multiple devices, accessible from anywhere at anytime with an internet connection, too. That permits employees to collaborate simultaneously even when located halfway across the world.
Cloud collaboration solutions offer plenty of features that remote workforces can appreciate. For example, Microsoft’s Office 365 has evolved into a productivity tool that provides email, business intelligence, analytics, and video conferencing -- all within one solution. This type of standardized platform streamlines work processes, keeps everything consistent, and is scalable as your remote workforce grows.
Traditional network structures were not designed for information access from multiple locations and devices. For example, a hardware-based WAN was not intended for relaying the data-heavy Web 2.0 tools used today. The cloud, on the other hand, supports a flexible workplace since it is able to handle high data and bandwidth requirements of various web applications.
Remote workforces mean accounting for more devices, more connections, and more endpoints. While cloud security might have been a concern years ago, that’s no longer the case. The majority of cloud providers today offer advanced data encryption and authentication solutions. Proper VPN configuration and patching ensures secure remote connection while endpoint security keeps mobile devices safe.
Needless to say, delegating tasks to your remote workforce and monitoring them are imperative. Thanks to a number of cloud-based project management tools, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Many of these programs include communication channels that list each project and associated tasks, allowing you to create teams, assign tasks, make comments, set deadlines, and track everything with ease.
Leveraging the benefits of a remote workforce was once difficult. Since the inception of cloud computing, businesses are now able to embrace a modern way of operating without sacrificing efficiency, security, connectivity, and convenience.
Our name, SimplyClouds, reflects our vision; we have extensive experience with cloud technology and make deployment, customization and maintenance simple. If you have any questions about the cloud, or would like to find out how it can enhance your operations, give us a call. We’re sure we can help.