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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost every aspect of daily life; people are required to adhere to social distancing rules, families can’t visit with one another, supermarkets require patrons to line up in an effort to keep crowding to a minimum, retail businesses have closed down and boarded up, and those working in offices are now required to work remotely.
While remote work isn’t inherently difficult, the almost overnight shift to remote working means many businesses have had to make the transition without adequate time to prepare. As such, many are now scrambling to ensure they have the appropriate tools, procedures, and infrastructure in place to manage their businesses throughout the pandemic.
To help those businesses out, the AirDroid Business team has pulled together a range of top tools to help ensure the transition to remote working is as seamless as possible, so businesses can continue managing their remote teams and maintaining operations as normal:
Maintaining a sense of normalcy is imperative when it comes to remote working, and a big part of maintaining normalcy is through holding regular meetings with team members to ensure they feel connected and engaged. Luckily, a number of technologies exist to facilitate these meetings, and one such technology is Google Meet or Google Hangouts.
Google’s platform enables users to set up and host video conferences that participants can dial into either through their computer, or through their phone. The software can be voice activated, meaning the person speaking will be shown on screen, and hosting capabilities mean that managers and participants can hold presentations and workshops. Each of these features are easy to use and work together to ensure remote teams can feel just as connected as if they were working in an office.
Management of Mobile and Remote Devices
The rapid shift to remote working means that many IT Managers have had to pivot their duties almost overnight. No longer are managers spending time diagnosing IT issues in person, instead having to suddenly spend countless hours on the phone, laboriously trying to diagnose and resolve all manner of challenges without the ability to see the issue at hand.
Mobile Device Management, or MDM, enables IT Managers to efficiently manage a network of remote devices from one central cloud console. MDM platforms like AirDroid Business empower IT Managers to remotely view and access devices to quickly diagnose and resolve issues, transfer files, or track devices, which means issues can be diagnosed and resolved almost as fast as if the IT Manager was working on the issue in person.
Time Tracking for Productivity
Maintaining productivity when working remotely is nothing short of a challenge, and luckily, a number of technologies exist that can help workers feel more productive. Time Doctor is one such technology that fosters productivity through data; tracking users’ time spent on tasks to assess the areas where too much, or not enough time is allocated. This capability also means that managers can see an overview of their teams’ productivity levels, empowering them to give additional support or to check in with their team members to ensure they have all the resources to get their work done effectively and efficiently.
Timely, Easy Communication
Maintaining open lines of communication is undoubtedly one of the most vital aspects of remote work because it helps team members feel connected to one another and promotes a sense of teamwork and collaboration. Instant messaging platforms like Slack are the perfect tool to facilitate this, with the platform offering real-time messaging between teams. The Slack software also comes with features that enable users to build different channels to keep business units organized, search through past conversations, and even has voice and video call capabilities so team members can get real-time clarity on an issue or query through the app.
It’s clear: managing a remote team is a challenge. However, with the right tools and software, the transition can be easy. To learn about more ways that MDM can simplify your remote working strategy, or to sign up for a 14-day free trial, please visit http://www.airdroid.com/business.