Platforms to support your business in working from home
Thanks to our digital devices, for most of us working from home has become a matter of routine. We can conduct video meetings, collaborate on documents, and communicate instantly with team members and clients – no matter where they are in the world.
As we embark on the largest ever remote working experiment due to coronavirus, our digital tools will have ever greater roles to fulfill if we are to maintain business as usual. Here are five different ways to bring your workplace online.
1) Project collaboration
If there’s anything that benefits from being in the same room, it is thinking creatively. But there are ways of sparking collaboration in a remote setting. Digital workspace tools such as MURAL provide visualisations for the planning, brainstorming, and designing process – enabling teams to organise their ideas into diagrams and drawings, in a fully collaborative way.
2) Virtual events
The events industry is a clear casualty of a time when people are prohibited from coming together in large numbers. However, virtual events are more than just a viable alternative to their real-world counterparts.
Along with preserving the characteristics of traditional events, with a choice of conference tracks, networking breakout areas, and sponsor booths, virtual providers such as Hopin facilitate a few added benefits. Events are much more accessible for speakers and attendees, cheaper to run and more environmentally sustainable.
3) Hybrid and virtual events
When events can go ahead, but you still want a virtual option, hybrid solutions are the way to go. Binumi Pro aims to recreate the atmosphere of live events through its platform, enabling its clients to instantly share professionally edited, brand-safe video shot using their smartphones.
Voxpops, interviews, or video highlights of an event can all be captured with the aid of their storytelling film kit – containing a stabilising rig, collapsible tripod, LED light and lapel mic – elevating mobile phone video to professional levels. Via the Binumi Pro app, users then upload their footage and chat live with an editor who helps them create video content that can be shared instantly across social media.
This holistic approach enables virtual attendees to experience the atmosphere of a real event – from anywhere at any time.
4) Broadcast to your network
Launched in 2019, LinkedIn Live is a feature of the popular professional networking site that enables its users to broadcast to their connections. Already used by organisations such as BCG, Cisco, and The European Commission, LinkedIn’s broadcast function has streamed everything from building openings, university graduations, conference keynotes, and interactive chats with employees.
5) Remote meetings
When you think remote working, you probably think virtual meetings…with Skype, Whereby, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Teams all popular options with video call and file sharing capabilities.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the large increase in people working and studying from home, Google granted free access to its advanced video-conferencing tool until 1st July 2020. Similarly, Microsoft has upgraded the free version of its Teams software, and is also offering a free six-month trial of the premium Teams package.
Business as usual
Before the advent of digital technology, the majority of businesses would have had to close in the event of a national emergency. Now, we have a variety of different tools at our fingertips to help us maintain business as usual.
As we enter this prolonged period of working from home, we’ll be tracking the major implications for business, and sharing specific learnings from members of our network.
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