By now you’ll know plenty about remote working: why it’s great for workers and businesses alike, why it can help boost everything from productivity to staff satisfaction and why it’s here to stay. So, say you’re a forward-thinking organisation ready to embrace the future of work and get stuck into this whole remote working thing, what do you need to get started?

Technology is the lynchpin of remote working equipment, and if you want to make your WFH transfer go without a hitch, make sure you have all of these 7 things in place.

1. Remote desktop software

You can’t work remotely without remote working technology! Remote desktop apps are clever bits of tech that securely connect you to a computer from a different location. It’s not a separate thing, the link (and the security of said link) is important. Your IT department should help employees set up on their home computer with whatever software works best for you.

2. Team chat apps

Chat is where it’s at. People working remotely need something more instantaneous than an email and less intrusive than a phone call. Remote working programs and chat apps can be found in abundance, just make sure it’s the right fit.

3. Screen sharing software

“Let me just share my screen...err...hang on” Showing beats telling, but it’s not always as easy as you’d think. Clunky systems can waste hours, so make sure you pick the right software. With screen sharing, you can show others your desktop and the files and apps you have open—and they can watch as you work. That means virtual team members can essentially look over each other's shoulders without needing to be in the same room.

4. Screen recording tools

Related to screen sharing, sometimes it’s easier to show someone what you are doing or teach a new colleague how a process works. Recording your screen and sending either a photo or video is a great way. Apple computers have inbuilt tools, but if you need an external app, there are plenty out there that let you make annotations and don’t mess with your computer's in-built settings.

5. Video conferencing apps

Smile, you’re on front camera. Video calls are probably the most identifiable remote working software of recent times, so you’re probably already on it. But just remember, there are differences between the free and premium services. Do a bit of research to see if you’d benefit from stepping up a category.

6. Cloud storage

Using remote working systems can clog up a computer. Start with all the attachments on email then multiply that by all the different apps you have on the go and things amass rapidly. Even more importantly, a file languishing on a remote worker's desktop isn’t helping anyone, so a cloud storage app you can access from any device is critical for remote collaboration.

7. Remote working cybersecurity

Last but certainly not least: security. It’s not often the most riveting topic, but companies overlook cybersecurity at their peril. A quick google for hacking horror stories will impress upon you the need to safeguard any business information held remotely. At Cymphony, we recommend you look at five things: file and disk encryption, online backups, password managers, two­-factor authentication (2FA) and Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

So those are our 7 tools to get you started! For even more information on remote working, head this way [Link to pillar page]. Or, check out our latest blog about how virtual offices have helped business succeed in 2021.

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