Stay Connected Using Microsoft Teams

Now is the time to talk about the benefits and challenges of working from home. No matter how unpredictable the world can be, telecommuting provides stability. Working from home would normally allow for a greater work-life balance and reduce commute times, but what else can it do? Here are some of the challenges and how you alleviate them with Microsoft Teams.

Around the world, millions of people have been impacted by COVID-19. It has affected nearly every aspect of life. But teams are still connecting, collaborating and getting work done.

This sudden move to remote work will likely be a turning point in life going forward. We have seen many solutions that enable remote work and learning through chat, video, and collaboration that have become the new way to do things. This has obviously caused an increase in Microsoft Teams usage.  Tools like Teams help organizations stay productive and connected even when they need to work apart.  

Remote work challenges 

With remote work, communication is key. It’s best to go over regulations about online time, breaks and how to remain in contact now with your team before the need for flexible hours leaves you scrambling to put rules in place.  It boils down to employers giving up a bit of control and ensuring that they know employees are getting the work done even if they’re out of sight.  Remote employees need to make sure they’re able to communicate throughout the day. This will help remedy any concerns you’re having about working away from your team.

How Microsoft Teams can help 

The current workforce has never been so dispersed. This is where Microsoft Teams comes in. Microsoft Teams allows users to stay connected around the world with ease, due the ever-evolving capabilities of Teams. Important features to note:

Chat – conversations can keep going through group chats and one-on-one instant messaging. Contact a person, or your team, directly with a quick question. This allows remote workers to stay in the loop without missing a beat and keeps the rest of the team informed as well.

Video Conferencing – video conferencing can help remote workers with the concerns they may be having around seeing colleagues face to face by giving the feeling that you are in the same room.

Channels – The “Channels” feature lets you dedicate a shared drive to specific topics and include the necessary team members in each.

Shared Calendars – colleagues to view each other’s calendars so everyone can see availability. Easily invite others to your meeting, block off conflicts and schedule deadlines.

Document & Project Management – Teams allows users to manage projects and documents to easily share important files.

With so many reasons to work from home, organizations must create a roadmap that will allow employees to easily complete their duties in this changing world.  Once these changes are in place, colleagues can easily stay productive and collaborative – no matter the circumstances.