With an increasing number of employees working remotely, it’s important that they take advantage of all the virtual tools available at their fingertips.

It can be challenging to maintain relationships with colleagues when you don’t sit in the same office. However, a few simple tools can make a big difference…

Messaging

If your company doesn’t use messaging services such as Skype for Business or Google Hangouts, it may be worth mentioning it to your team. Both services can improve interpersonal relationships amongst remote employees.

Skype for Business

Skype for Business allows you to see your contact’s online statuses, book meetings in Outlook and even begin conversations from PowerPoint and Word.
Conversations in Skype for Business are protected by robust authentication and encryption.

Google Hangouts

A communication platform that incorporates video chat, instant and SMS messaging. Google Hangouts allows you to hold group meetings, share your expertise and even interview others.

Video Chat

Conference calls are a regular occurrence when working remotely. However, participants can become distracted by incoming emails whilst on the call. Video calls can be a lot more effective, encouraging participants to stay focused on the meeting. It’s much easier to connect with colleagues when you are discussing topics face-to-face.