Get the tools to empower your teams
The current health crisis has made working from home a reality for many businesses, which has meant a huge shift in working practices.
It has been crucial that business owners ensure they have the right technical solutions in place to allow their teams to work remotely. Just as importantly, they need to be able to sustain morale and productivity across their isolated workforces.
As a Managed Service Provider, we understand the common issues businesses have been troubled with during this time. For many, the primary concern has been maintaining business continuity, raising the question: “How do we continue running ‘business as usual’ from our homes?”
Businesses have had to scale up their remote environment and implement the necessary technical changes to enable successful home working. Following this, we have been advising customers to take advantage of the many readily available applications to help enhance their team’s collaboration and efficiency while working at home (as well as back in the office).
Firstly, we recommend the Microsoft 365 suite of applications, which provide enterprise solutions that can be adapted for any organisation. Popular apps include Dynamics, Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint as well as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. In a nutshell, it is a powerful toolset that has all the essentials you need to work and collaborate at your optimum from anywhere.
We consider two of the best collaborative apps in the suite to be Microsoft Teams and SharePoint. Together they work in perfect harmony: Teams’ online chat and video conferencing capabilities, plus SharePoint’s document management system, allow effortless integration of your people with your data. They empower your teams to work cohesively, while optimising communication between colleagues and clients – through their secure cloud-based platforms.
It’s critical to make your people feel motivated, valued and connected.
Secondly, we recommend using employee engagement tools to drive reward and recognition within your teams. It is more critical now than ever to make your people feel motivated, valued and connected.
Your staff are your biggest asset and therefore your greatest promoter – if they are happy you will not only retain talent but also attract new business. As part of our people strategy we have implemented Inpowa – our cutting-edge employee engagement and performance management tool. The automated system integrates with our Business Management software, allowing us to actively reward our team for the great work they do. The results speak for themselves - in the past six months alone we have seen a 36 per cent performance increase.
Making your team members feel valued through recognition, as well as creating healthy competition internally, will empower your people and ultimately drive business growth and development.
Engaging with the right business-essential tools now will help future-proof your business in the ever-changing environment we live in.
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