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Managing a remote and distributed workforce is becoming the norm — especially with tech startups who are realizing that remote work isn’t only convenient and less expensive, but often more effective. And hiring managers are tapping into exponentially larger hiring pools by finding talent across time zones and even national borders. This gives unprecedented access to talent in almost any geography.
“One day offices will be a thing of the past” -Sir Richard Branson
With nearly 100 million users on Office 365, many managers have the tools they need to effectively manage remote teams. Most digital natives (some now moving into their thirties) think nothing of collaborating in a shared digital space. But many larger and more seasoned organizations are stuck in the mindset of managing chairs in an office.
If you have remote employees, consider using more of the Office 365 tools you may already have. These can help manage work distribution, facilitate collaboration, and assess productivity. Get started here:
Cut the email overload and use the enterprise social tool Yammer. This will help to create a knowledge base and keep email out of your inbox. Users ask questions in a collaborative space, allowing future employees access to the information. This keeps information from being siloed in individual email accounts. Yammer also helps current employees find content and training that they might otherwise not have been exposed to. And be sure to let employees know that Yammer is not content that must all be consumed. It’s like a flowing stream of information where one can bring a bucket to fill up with information when necessary.
Skype for Business is like having a switchboard on your desktop. You can see which employees are in meetings, out of the office, on do-not-disturb, and even who has just stepped away from their desk for a moment and how long they’ve been gone. If instant messages are not immediately received, they will be forwarded directly to the intended recipient by email. Outside telephone numbers can also be dialed to pull people into group conversations.
Planner can help with managing projects by creating tasks, putting them into buckets, and assigning them to people. You can also set and update task progress and add comments to tasks to facilitate collaboration with your team.
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