The best tech for remote working in 2022

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The best tech for remote working in 2022

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, companies were thrown in at the deep end with regards to providing more flexible remote working setups for their staff.

Lockdowns, restrictions, and prolonged work from home guidance accelerated the perhaps inevitable switch towards remote working. In the last couple of years, tens of thousands of businesses have had to close their physical offices and seek alternative solutions for their employees and contractors.

Top remote working statistics of 2021: at a glance

  • 16% of companies in the world operate on a fully remote basis – that is, they have no office or address, anywhere!
  • In the US, it’s thought that 1 in 4 Americans have been working remotely throughout the coronavirus crisis – and it’s likely to be a similar story here in the UK
  • According to a study of 353 individuals carried out by CoSo Cloud, 77% of remote workers say they are more productive when working from home
  • Studies have shown that having the option to work remotely can boost employee engagement by as much as 75%

As well as supporting their staff during the transition phase and ensuring their teams are working from suitable home environments, these companies have had to rely more heavily on technology to keep their employees happy and their operations moving.

Some have fared better than others during this process. Many tech-literate companies have embraced the change and invested their money well into better systems, while those who have lagged behind have found it more difficult to find and deploy the right kind of solutions. For those of you who need some help choosing suitable software to support your work-from-home policies, here is our pick of the most useful remote working tools in the UK today.

  1. Microsoft Sharepoint

Every modern-day business needs a robust cloud computing solution, even if they haven’t yet gone fully remote. And if you’ve read our recent blog, you’ll already know that we’re fierce advocates of Sharepoint Online, which is one of the most robust cloud-based servers out there.

It’s fast, it’s slick, and it allows a much more flexible and fluid approach to business communications than a traditional in-house server, particularly when staff need access to files from afar. Documents can be opened in Office applications online, so there’s no need for your employees to download Microsoft software onto their own devices. Plus, all your company emails can be stored in one location and arranged as you like.

You can learn more about integrating Microsoft Sharepoint into your business systems here.

  1. Microsoft Teams

Where would we all be without web conferencing software? Apps like Microsoft Teams have been instrumental in keeping teams in touch throughout the pandemic, and we think many companies will continue to favour online meetups over face-to-face appointments wherever possible. Alongside its video call capabilities, Teams provides all kinds of useful features, including virtual backgrounds, chat boxes, screen sharing capabilities, handy recording functions, and easy integrations with other Microsoft tools. It’s an all-in-one solution that can bring multiple facets of your business together in just one window – and, best of all, it’s also affordable for small to medium sized businesses.

Of course, there are plenty of other web conferencing solutions available. Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting, Webex and Zoho are some of the most popular amongst the business community, and each of these come with their own unique features and pricing plans.

  1. TeamViewer

Need to fix an employee’s device remotely? Want to manage, monitor and patch your customers’ tech from afar? Like Splashtop and LogMeIn, TeamViewer gives you the ability to access and control any PC, laptop, tablet or mobile, from anywhere, anytime you like.

TeamViewer makes it easy for your managers and IT teams to deliver instant and effective support to anyone using your systems. The wider suite of TeamViewer products includes TeamViewer Meeting, a highly secure VoIP and conferencing tool, and TeamViewer Frontline, an AR-driven platform designed to support the deskless workforce; tools like these set the platform apart from many of its competitors, and this is why it tends to be our remote access solution of choice. 

  1. Remote access VPNs

It’s best practice to ensure your remote workers log in to their systems via a secure connection – and, in this instance, there’s no better way to protect them from malicious attacks than with a virtual private network (VPN).

There are plenty of VPNs available, all with varying speeds, encryption features and other security functions. Some of the most widely used amongst our client base include ExpressVPN, NordVPN, Surfshark and CyberGhost – but there are lots more options on the web. This in-depth guide to the biggest names in the VPN space from Comparitech provides excellent comparisons between some of the major players. You can also contact the team here at TCS if you would like help finding software that meets your distinct requirements.

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