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Lisa Carroll

By: Lisa Carroll on May 11, 2016

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Building a Modern Distributed Workforce That’s Connected

Office 365 | Workforce Enablement

As the business world evolves, management has become more innovative. Top managers have begun employing creative strategies to attract and retain top talent, and improve productivity while keeping costs in check. These advancements have not been entirely voluntary, as businesses are often forced to respond to several day-to-day challenges to stay afloat. Here are some of these key challenges:

Profitability Issues

Pressures from business owners and shareholders have forced management to innovate. Such innovations include changing the workplace as we know it. In a bid to enlist highly motivated and talented individuals, managers are now looking into distributed teams that can function online. Since these team members can work from any location, costs attributed to employee maintenance can be reduced significantly. However, not all workers are accustomed to, or prefer working in, distributed team set-ups. This should be addressed in the hiring process to ensure the profits from saved maintenance costs aren’t counteracted by the woes of disgruntled workers.

Cohesion and Teamwork Issues

Collaboration between a distributed team can be a significant problem. Team members may have different work schedules, or operate in different time zones. As a result, trying to promote teamwork and synergy among members can prove to be a major headache for managers. If employees in far away locations slack off or are less productive, it can take more time for managers to detect and address these issues than it would in a typical office space.

Data Security and Data Breaches

Technology has factored heavily in this revolution since it facilitates communication for independent team members. Companies – beyond those employing a distributed team strategy – are more prone to cyber attacks than ever before. A security breach can expose a company’s competitive edge. IT managers are consequently on the lookout to ensure their organization’s network security is formidable at all times.

Remote Collaboration with Microsoft Office 365

The transition of centralized businesses to distributed teams is not easy, but Microsoft Office 365 makes it a lot easier and smoother to adjust to this online workforce. This suite is an innovative solution that addresses security, storage, and collaboration between distributed teams.

Office 365 enables team members to work anywhere, anytime, using any device. Every team member gets 1TB worth of cloud storage, which makes syncing and sharing easy. The ability to share calendars further improves the team’s collaboration abilities, and makes it easier for managers to hold employees accountable. Office 365 also boasts built-in security, a feature that significantly reduces the possibility of a data breach. Microsoft Office 365 can help any organization build a distributed team that’s productive and connected.

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About Lisa Carroll

Lisa is Kelser's VP of Revenue who works at the intersection of business and technology to help Kelser’s clients jump on growth opportunities.

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