3 important tools for enabling workforce collaboration

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Remote workforces are becoming the norm in more companies and across more industries. Studies show that employees who work remotely tend to spend more time doing their jobs and are more productive, even if their work hours differ from standard office hours.

To take advantage of the benefits of a remote workforce, your company needs to provide these three important tools:

1. Communications

The opportunity to talk with associates across the aisle, in the lunch room, and in the conference room has long been the bedrock of corporate communications, and still forms the basis of much business interaction.

Now that co-workers are distributed around the globe, reliable, top-quality communications systems top the list of company requirements. Video features and support for mobile platforms have become increasingly important as employees move from location to location, even desk to desk. Unified communications platforms bring together voice, text, email, video, document storage, and all the tools that your staff depend on to get work done wherever they are.

2. File sharing

Files are the most shared items in a business setting. Whether text documents, spreadsheets, images, or another type generated by applications, the most current version must get to the right person in a timely manner, or a project could be impacted.

The most efficient delivery method is to share files through a single platform that also can be used to discuss the related project. Just like integrating voice and video delivers a cohesive experience, enabling staff members to view and edit the latest versions of deliverables and other documents can help them accomplish more.

3. Team collaboration

Teams that work together need to understand both the full scope of their project and the required action steps. For that, they need a complete communications platform that includes a comprehensive project management system. (Some businesses use customized project management applications that span the company.)

The communications system should incorporate project management tools in the same way it integrates voice, video, and document sharing, allowing all participants to view and discuss details of their projects in real-time.

Collaboration requires seamless and fluid communication that delivers the same experience to your staff that they would have if they were all in the same office. Unified communications services and solutions like those available from AT&T can can bring voice, video, data, and documents together to help make your workers more productive.

Determine what your employees use when they work face to face, and deliver tools that provide an equivalent experience to people who could be thousands of miles apart.

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Scott Koegler is a technology journalist with a specialization on the intersection of business and technology. All opinions are his own. AT&T has sponsored this blog post.