CORONA PROOF YOUR BUSINESS
The value of a remote workforce.
If it comes to it, could you even consider having your entire workforce work from home? You may have to, as working from home could be an extra precaution against contracting COVID-19. But Microsoft Teams can empower your team to chat, collaborate and stay productive.
And for a limited time, you can get the collaborative and office efficiency platform Teams for FREE!
STAY PRODUCTIVE WHILE WORKING REMOTELY
Teams across the globe are moving to remote work. Microsoft aims to keep teams connected while they work apart by making Microsoft Teams available to as many people as possible. Teams allows you to chat, meet, call, and collaborate all in one place.
TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE REMOTE WORK
Set up your workspace
Find a space in your home where you can concentrate. If you're somewhere with background distractions, use background blur in Microsoft Teams to keep teammates focused.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Your rhythm with online work from home might look different than it does in the office. For example, you may be balancing work and childcare at the same time. Communicate your schedule to your coworkers so that they know when to reach out to you.
Maintain healthy boundaries
Without the normal workday signals, like a commute, it can be harder to unplug. Make sure to take breaks, stay hydrated, and give yourself opportunities to “clock out” from remote work at the end of the day.
Embrace online meetings
Make sure all meetings include an online “join” option so that team members can join from wherever they are working. Turn video on so your team can interact face to face and feel more connected.
Be mindful and inclusive
A crowded conference call can make it difficult for people to share their opinions. Pause frequently to allow time for questions and remind attendees that they can use the chat window to share their thoughts.
Record your meetings
When you start a meeting, hit “record.” Team members who aren’t able to join can watch later or search the automatically generated transcript for important information. That way, people can easily review anything they missed or need to be repeated.
Make up for missing hallway talk
The quick chat at the water cooler is what many people miss the most when working remotely. Instead, be deliberate about and connecting with your coworkers. Think about chat messages as your virtual watercooler and set yourself a reminder to check in
Bring the team together
Working remotely can feel a bit isolating. It’s important to create opportunities for the whole team to virtually get together, whether it’s large brainstorms with the Microsoft Whiteboard app or daily check-ins over a virtual coffee.
Use Teams to encourage fun activities and challenges to maintain morale. Holding a photo contest or praising employees for creative ideas are great ways to help the team stay positive, engaged and energized.
Communicate through threaded and persistent chat with additional features:
Rich text capable
Chat, call, and meet across devices, including mobile
@mention someone to ensure they see your mention
Keep interactions engaging with memes and animated Gifs
File sharing in chat
Streamline collaboration and improve teamwork:
Search for content, files, and people
Track project chats, notes, files, and meetings in one place
Office 365 apps are built-in Teams for easy access to SharePoint, OneNote, Power BI, Planner, and more
Communicate directly by @mentioning and tagging team members
Co-author in real time using connected Office and other apps
Supports both private and channel meetings in more productive, real-time meetings with:
High definition audio, web and video conferencing
Presentation and application sharing
Cloud recording of meetings with transcription and translation
Share content and use intelligent features like background blur and scheduling assistance from mobile