Remote teamwork continues to be a popular option for individuals in every vertical of the workforce. According to a Gallup poll, 37% of individuals have telecommuted to do work at least once up from the less than 10% who could make the same claim two decades ago. That number rises to over 50% when considering those primarily holding office positions.
The reason for this growth is technology. As worker mobility and unified communication (UC) systems become more prevalent across the board, teleworkers have found remote teamwork to be much easier to take part in than years before.
1. Tech Has Evolved and Gotten Cheaper
It’s rare for most offices to not at least have some communication technology implemented in the daily grind. A great example is email. A technology as ubiquitous as they come, email has become a standard digital tool connecting billions around the world due to ease of use and price. UC technology is following the same path, and as it becomes standard, UC and collaborative tools will continue to get cheaper and become more user friendly.
For those looking to implement remote collaboration, UC’s ease of entry and adoption by businesses both large and small will help it become just another standard tool used by offices in all lines of business. Remote teamwork will benefit in turn.[tweetthis hashtag=”#UCaaS”]How #UComs is driving remote #teamwork. #collaboration[/tweetthis]
2. Face-to-Face Collaboration from Anywhere
Great communication doesn’t need to happen when both individuals are in the same location. No matter the location, the mobile workforce can utilize remote collaboration technology, connect through video and be able to communicate the most important aspects of a project without having to worry about written words or awkward audio conversations.
That includes those who are traveling, those who live in other cities, those at other offices, those enjoying the weekend – anyone with access to something as universal as a smart phone or WiFi connection—can connect with those in office face-to-face, to go over a task, brainstorm or just to get some simple input on an ongoing project. Either way, remote teamwork and UC allows those out of office to interact with those in office as if they we’re standing just a few feet away.
3. Taking Care of Business with Remote Teamwork
Certain aspects of remote collaboration can even boost productivity beyond an in-office conference. For example, a standard practice for meetings is to gather everybody in a single room with one large whiteboard to address a particular project or topic. The problem, however, is that whenever meetings are held, certain aspects take extra time – from setup to simple things like chatting afterward. Both problems are eliminated with video conferencing.
With UC, those involved in remote collaboration don’t have to leave their desks when a video conference is ready to go. Just turn on some software and chime in. There’s no downtime, and if someone has to finish a lot of work, they can avoid the small talk and get back to it. Add up those little moments across an organization, and you start to realize how unified communications are affecting the productivity bottom line.
Unified communications and its related technologies isn’t a far-off dream. Companies across the board through many different verticals and different sizes of business have embraced UC and the remote teamwork capabilities it brings with it.
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