CEOs and CIOs are juggling the new normal by adapting businesses large and small to a hybrid workforce. The biggest challenge is not only how to support both remote and in-person workforces with technology for a hybrid workforce, but also how to increase productivity and collaboration. Which platforms can be ‘trusted’ and how do you integrate these options with your network infrastructure? In this article, we’ll explore some of the tools that can help you adapt technology for a hybrid workforce.
Workflow & Project Management
While the technology is not necessarily new, workflow management software is helping streamline workflows and minimize the need for face-to-face meetings. Software tools like Asana, Jira, and Monday can help track the parts and pieces of any given project. These tools can also support team alignment, efficiency, and productivity and really complement a hybrid workforce.
There are a variety of tools and software that can enhance productivity and communication. Microsoft’s OneDrive, Google’s Workspace (formerly G Suite), and Zoho are all tools that can support a hybrid workforce more effectively than email alone. Most of these tools allow users to instant message, schedule meetings, assign tasks, and share documents within one platform. In addition, some of these technologies offer tools for CRM integration, human resources, and accounting under one umbrella.
Telephony & EMMs
Desktop phones are disappearing as quick as the old pay phone. Organizations are using tools like RingCentral to combine messaging, video, and phone services in one place, while connecting team members more effectively and providing a higher level of service to their clients. In addition, many organizations are taking time to reevaluate their Enterprise Mobility Management Systems (EMMs) to secure corporate data, consolidate devices, and develop corporate plans for users who use their own devices to access the business’ network.
Conference & Training Tools
There has been a big shift in the conference and training industry and there are plenty of technologies that can support these efforts. Large corporations, in particular, have moved from in-person training to online training with tools like Coursera. Many associations have moved away from big expensive trade shows that require extensive travel and planning to virtual events that are immersive, engaging, and far less costly. New Technology tools for conferences, conventions and meetings include Aventri, Demio, and Eventzilla.
Many return to office strategies include hoteling software, which is perhaps the most innovative idea yet! With a hybrid workforce, employees can utilize technology to reserve desks, conference rooms, and resources for their time in the office with DeskFlex, EMS, and other software tools. These tools can also help organizations manage shared resources. We explore this topic in greater detail here.
The technology is far from limited. CIOs and IT leaders have a plethora of choices and many considerations for integration. Conscious Networks is helping many organizations make good decisions about these options while objectively providing the pros/cons of each platform, in conjunction with your existing environment, future needs, and integration with your current technology platforms. Contact Conscious Networks today to schedule a consultation.