Teleworking is work that occurs outside the regular on-site environment, enabled by telecommunications technology. With teleworking, employees remain in real-time contact with colleagues, management, vendors and customers even though they are working from a remote location.
For teleworking to be successful, the right technology needs to be in place. Employees working remotely need to be able to quickly and securely access all company files and systems. Investing in software solutions that are on the cloud more easily enable teleworking.
Communications between colleagues and teams also needs to be fast and convenient. Virtual private networks, conference calls, videoconferencing, screen sharing, virtual call centers and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) have all facilitated better remote communication.
Many companies and employees can benefit from teleworking. Employers can save money on overhead office costs, reduce out-of-office days and have a competitive hiring advantage. For employees, teleworking can reduce travel time and costs and add flexibility to their schedule.
There are also many specific use cases where teleworking is essential. For example, employees who travel for work can stay connected to their office tasks through teleworking. Projects do not have to stop just because one team member is at a conference.
Teleworking has been increasing in popularity in recent years, partly due to technological improvements that make teleworking more convenient. Workers are now more mobile, and companies are often operating with teams split between offices in different locations. Having telecommunication technologies in place that support teleworking ensure that your company meets the demands of today’s workplace environment.