Around 56% of companies worldwide allow their employees to work remotely to some degree.

Over the last couple of years, this number has increased significantly, and many companies are noticing the benefits of remote work. You might be thinking about making your business remote but are unsure of where to start. Having the right tool kit will help you establish an effective remote working environment.

For a rundown on why you need a remote work tool kit, keep reading.

What Is a Remote Work Tool Kit?

A remote work toolkit is a set of tools and applications that remote workers can use to help with the operation of a business. Having a strong toolkit is the ultimate remote work solution for anyone who’s entering the world of remote work for the first time.

The types of tools you’ll need will depend on a range of factors, such as the size of your team, the industry you’re in, and your business goals. At RWMS (Remote Work Made Simple), we’re dedicated to helping businesses figure out how they can begin working remotely and what they’ll need to be successful.

We’ll carry out an assessment to determine any issues your business may have, and establish what steps need to be taken. Some of the insights we’ll provide are:

  • 10 key areas of remote business success
  • Data on your current situation
  • Information on what you need in terms of hardware, software, and manpower
  • Pinpoint any gaps in things like services, communication, security, and software
  • Establish a plan to resolve any issues
  • Provide your remote work solution plan

With this, you’ll be able to smoothly transition your business to remote working while maintaining productivity and even improving certain areas.

Benefits of Working Remotely

If you’ve only had traditional jobs in the past, you might be asking, “why work from home?” A transition to remote working will provide a range of benefits not just for your business, but also for your employees.

Flexibility

Many jobs don’t offer much flexibility, but remote working can give this to your employees. Depending on the nature of their work, you might be able to give them full control over their own hours. This means they can work around things like medical appointments or other commitments with ease.

Giving this kind of freedom to your employees will help establish trust and give them greater job satisfaction.

Cost Saving

Employees will immediately start saving money on things like transport, lunches, work clothes, and more. If your business contributes to anything like this, then you’ll start saving on expenses. Any parents might also be able to save on childcare if they’re working from home.

Your business will save on expenses like rent or bills as you’ll no longer need an office to work out of. For larger companies, the savings here can be quite significant.

Time-Saving

Allowing your employees to manage their own hours means they’ll work at the time that’s best for them. Some people work better in the morning, and others prefer to work in the evening. This can lead to increased productivity.

They’ll also save time as they’ll no longer need to commute to and from work. Managing remote teams can become a lot easier if you allow them to organize things like working hours themselves.

Location

Your staff can work from any location with an internet connection, which is almost always more convenient for them. People can work from home, and even still work if they have to go traveling for any reason such as visiting relatives.

You’ll also be able to take on new workers from anywhere, giving you a much wider pool of potential employees to pick from. A larger employment pool makes it easier to find ideal employees with the necessary skills and experience.

Health and Happiness

When people pick their own remote workplace they can find an environment that’s suited to them. This could be at home, a library, a coffee shop, or anywhere else where they feel comfortable.

People can find somewhere that helps them reduce stress and relax. Happier employees will be more productive, innovative, and motivated.

Essential Tools for Remote Working

While working remotely your team needs to be connected. Making sure everyone is using the same tools will ensure successful collaboration. The type of company you operate will determine the specific pieces of software you need, but some can be useful to any remote business.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 contains a range of tools and is one of the most effective pieces of software you can use for remote work. The various tools within it work well together, which is more suitable than using multiple different tools.

Having your whole team use Microsoft 365 will ensure there aren’t any issues with things like file sharing.

SharePoint

SharePoint Online is a part of the cloud-based version of Office 365, but can also work as a standalone tool. A remote business can use it to do a range of things with digital documents including:

  • Storing
  • Retrieving
  • Managing
  • Archiving
  • Reporting on

You might want to use this over Office 365 if the collaboration is complex, you need improved security/maintenance, you need a custom workflow, or custom views/metadata are needed.

Security

One of the most important aspects of a remote web workplace setup is security. Your business will be operating over the internet, so you need to be sure things are only accessible to those with permission.

You’ll more than likely be handling sensitive data to some degree. Our assessment will help find any flaws in your security, and you can then take the necessary steps to mitigate any risks.

Your Remote Business

The change from a traditional office setting to remote work can be a big step for any business, and preparation is key. RWMS can help determine where you are, and where you need to be to succeed in the world of remote working.

We’ll carry out an analysis to find the best remote working solution for your company. Click here to get started with your assessment today.