With the Coronavirus pandemic now forcing a lockdown in multiple countries across the world, there’s never been a more important time to be on top of your remote working and video communication facilities. These facilities enable you to be able to communicate and collaborate efficiently with your colleagues, clients, and other important contacts during this troubling time. Thanks to this, you’ll be able to keep your business operating despite exterior issues, which could make a huge difference in the long run. Below you’ll be able to find a guide to remote working and virtual meetings from the experts in collaborative technology at Kinly.
Choosing A Platform
In the field of collaborative, there are a variety of different options available to use, each of which offers its own specific twist to the way that you’ll work. Each platform will enhance the way that you work, however, they’ll do so in a way that differs from platform to platform, so the important thing is to spend the time deciding on which platform will work best for you and your organisation.
Cisco Webex Meetings
This impressive platform is one of the newest around, but it’s quickly becoming a popular option for businesses across the globe who are quickly having to become more flexible in terms of communication. Cisco Webex Meetings helps to alleviate a bit of the pressure by giving teams a streamlined platform to contact each other through, with 1GB of cloud storage also provided to help you keep on top of documents and files that are being shared in calls, chats, and other sessions. Heavy encryption gives you peace of mind over the security of your files and sensitive data, so you can confidently transfer content without the fear of it slipping into the wrong hands.
This offering from Microsoft is one of the most rounded and efficient platforms on the market, offering a host of fantastic features to enable you to communicate and continue to work despite being located remotely. One of the huge benefits of Microsoft Teams is the Microsoft integration that’s available; many companies will likely be familiar with using the Microsoft package from end to end, so this familiarity helps you to get staff working and comfortable with the unusual circumstances as quickly as you can.
If you’re currently using Office-365, you should already have access to the platform – simply log in and you’ll be able to start chatting, video calling, and sharing content between teams in an instant.
Hangouts is Google’s take on video conferencing, and all-in-all it feels like it was built for business use. The clean, easy to use interface works well across devices and the video call management within the service is fantastic, offering users a range of layout designs to order video windows as well as sharing and presenting capabilities to allow users to project a single window or an entire screen to the other members of the call. With the ability to handle up to 250 users and drop-in/drop-out functionality, Hangouts gives users the ideal way to communicate face to face whilst working remotely.
Pexip By Kinly
With the Pexip platform, you’re given the solution to the issues faced when multiple users are all using different services to try to connect. With Pexip, you’re able to join in any way you’d like: browser, meeting room systems, and other video communication platforms can all be used as a method of joining calls, so you are able to stick with the system that you know whilst communicating with users on different platforms. The Pexip by Kinly platform will also enable you to create rooms for individual members or teams with tailored branding and setup for the most professional presentation possible.
Finding The Right Devices
When you’re working remotely, it can be hard to ensure that everyone has the right devices to enable them to work as efficiently as possible, and this is especially true when employees are using their own personal devices. If possible, it’s best to check up with each member of staff before they start working from home to ensure that their devices can handle the added demand that is about to be put on them. If you’re already working from home, try having your staff take part in a few tester exercises to see if there are any common problem areas – you’ll then find it much easier to work on a solution as you have a better idea of the pitfalls that you are being faced with.
Remote Learning & Training
Last but certainly not least is ensuring that your workforce has all of the information and training that they might need to fully utilise the features offered by the platforms that they’re working on. This process is referred to as digital adoption and has multiple benefits including:
- Increase proficiency in digital platforms across your workforce;
- Increased ROI on the platforms that you’re paying for;
- More effective working that leads to fewer issues in future remote working scenarios.