The Latest Tech That Can Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder, As You Work Remotely (infographic)

The digital age has completely reshaped the way we work. For example: 85% of 2016’s intercontinental business was handled by virtual teams. This is the result of today’s workers having new desires in the workplace. Today, half of employees want collaborative workplaces, 43% want access to the newest technology, and 52% want to work somewhere with constantly improving processes. Furthermore, distance workers have increased by 115% since 2005; however, 1 in 4 still struggle with interacting solely through technology. As a result, workers have new needs in the workplace regarding culture of collaboration, communication needs, and openness.

In the current state of the global work economy, more employers want to be seen as trusted partners by their employees - not just a figure of supervision. Complementary to this, 9 in 10 workers want their next place of employment to be transparent. Even further, 8 in 10 want to learn more about their business’ decision making process, as it will help them become a better team member.

Continuing on, workplaces are also shifting from traditional business practices. 91% want stronger relationships with their colleagues, especially since employees are now more free to contribute, make decisions, and have a voice.

Regarding communication needs, feedback is now instantaneous. Modern technology needs to be able to keep up. 74% of today’s workers prefer sending messages rather than in-person discussions. 76% hope to have more communication tools available in the future. Leslie Truex, the author and owner of Work At Home Success, says, “Many managers and workers haven’t had training in how to communicate and coordinate in a virtual world.” Saying this, let’s discuss the science of remote work.

Although the rate of remote work is growing, relying on tech alone to do your job can lead to a variety of issues. For example, doing so can reduce your productivity by 69%, increase your difficulty in task management by 58%, and could lead to a 67% rise in lack of team engagement. However, successful habits can allow you to overcome these difficulties.

Atop all, you should remain available when outside of the office. Chris Schalkx, a digital market at GuestReady, suggests, “Weekly video catch-up[s]” to help him stay up-to-date with his latest work-related happenings. When chatting via video, it’s not only important to share the smartness your company hired you for having, but to also look smart. The easiest way to do so? Wear glasses.

According to photofeeler, those wearing glasses in their profile photos appear more competent. Imagine the effect this can have on live-video. Additionally, be sure to stay on top of things when working from home. Sireesha Narumanchi, the founder of Crowd Work News says, “One golden rule is to be super organized. You should be prepared for all the unplanned things that can happen. Having the right kind of utility apps can really make a big difference.” So what utility apps are best for remote work ergonomics?

Grammarly can help you sound smart, measuring our correctness, clarity, engagement, and delivery. Slack can help you communicate with your team while remote, providing organized spaces for everything related to a project, topic, or team. Tools like inVision can help you collaborate on designing products for digital media, and allows real-time interaction for immediate feedback and quick updates.

However, these aren’t the only platforms you can use to improve your workflow. Shift can help you connect all of your accounts, apps, email, and tools. Sequel is a great tool to help you create messenger bots, increasing your availability on Facebook, WhatsApp, Slack, Kik, and text.

65% predict work will only become more digital and more global as technology improves. Read more to find out how tech can improve your remote work practices.

Tech That Can Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder, As You Telecommute - Infographic

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