Managing a mobile workforce is tricky – but if the stats are to be believed, then it’s something we should get used to, or at least better at.
Whether you work from home or with a team that’s on the move or in different places, good collaboration tools should be a major part of your workflow. As members of virtual teams ourselves, we’ve used a number of different apps and services. Here are some of our favourites: 1
With employees increasingly working with a wide range of devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones, David Sturges, Chief Commercial Officer at hosted desktop company, WorkPlaceLive , looks at how businesses can safeguard their company data. News this month that staff at the BBC had £750,000 worth of gadgets lost or stolen since 2010 , including laptops, tablets and mobile phones, highlights a growing issue that many companies are facing – the security of their data. The cost of replacing these expensive gadgets is one thing, however, the risk of sensitive data could get into the wrong hands, as well as the cost of restoring lost data, is even more of a problem.
With a simple connection to ‘the Cloud’, we can find a place to work from our smartphones , hold a virtual meeting with our webcams, manage our teams from afar … But when it comes to signing contracts, the Cloud suddenly bursts – we’re asked to print off pages, sign dotted lines, and fax things back, like it’s 1989… If you recognize that scenario, forget the fax, follow these steps and return to sender – signed, sealed, delivered – and all from your laptop or mobile device. 1.
For an increasing number of mobile professionals, teleworkers, SMBs and start-ups, coworking spaces are a more attractive option than the coffee shop or a full office space lease. Coworking spaces marry the infrastructure of an office with the flexible options that teleworkers crave and are often also hotbeds of networking and innovation
If you’re anything like me, “meeting from anywhere” means dialing an phone number into a conference bridge, toggling awkwardly on your smartphone for the 10-digit passcode and hitting the mute button so the other attendees don’t hear the airport background noise. But for us telecommuters and road warriors , you can end the insanity and have a crazy good, crazy productive meeting from anywhere. Here are five tech tools you need today to make it happen: 1.