April 9, 2020

3 Ways Microsoft Teams Facilitates Remote Working

As a measure to flatten the infection curve and reduce overall fatalities caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, the CDC, as well as other health bodies globally, are recommending social distancing. Although this has been so far the most effective COVID-19 prevention measure, it has had a significant impact on businesses, especially those that were yet to embrace remote working.

If your business is among the affected, now would be a good time to introduce tools that’ll enable your employees to remain productive even while working from home, such as Microsoft teams. Below we review how Microsoft teams services facilitate remote working

Easier Access to Applications Prevents Time Wastage

Office 365 is a great tool to have, but switching from one program to another on the variety of collaborations tools available on it can quickly leave any user, especially a new one disoriented. Teams are changing this as it has a range of applications within it.

Everything your employees need from conversations, shared files, chats to online meetings is available on the same interface. In addition to that, Teams also integrates with an array of 3rd party apps. This means your users never have to exit Teams as all they need to get their work done is under the same roof. This goes a long way in enhancing productivity as the time that would have been wasted switching from one program to another is now channeled towards more productive tasks.

Enhances Collaboration

Microsoft teams are built to enhance collaboration. Since every program and application they need is on a single interface, your employees can access, share, and even edit documents and files in real-time. Also, the fact that Microsoft teams services are cloud-based means all resources are readily available in the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere and at any time. This is beneficial in remote working as teams can share important files and resources on demand. What’s more, teams of 10 to 100,000 individuals can have face to face meetings regardless of their location hence improving decision-making.

Enables Your Teams to Focus Better on Work

Working from home is beneficial, but without the regular workday signals your employees are used to, it can be hard for them to adjust. Add in the distractions brought about by this environment, such as naughty kids, noisy neighbors, and barking dogs, and it becomes incredibly challenging to focus on the job at hand.

Luckily, Microsoft Teams also addresses this challenge. The platform features background blur, which enables the user to blur or block out anything that might distract other teammates during online meetings.

Also, Teams sorts of information into channels. Each channel usually contains conversations, documents, and meetings related to a specific topic. This way, if you’re interested in a particular topic, you can always find it directly. For instance, if you’re looking for an email or a conversation you had weeks ago related to monthly sales, you don’t have to waste time looking for it in an inbox filled with messages from everyone. You just need to go to that specific channel to find it! This reduces distractions as the user will not be side-tracked by a random email from the customer service department they just came across while looking for a sales conversation they had recently.

Evolving Businesses Will Overcome This Pandemic!

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, it’s difficult to tell what tomorrow might bring for businesses. But one thing is certain; those entities that evolve right now and embrace remote working are the only ones that’ll survive this pandemic. There’s no doubt you want to be among them too. In that light, ensure you consult Microsoft teams services experts to help you roll out teams in your organization.

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Imran Uddin

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