Collaborating Remotely – Why Remote Collaboration is Essential to Success

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The uptake of remote work management and remote team building has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s now an entrenched part of our day-to-day lives. In fact, it’s easy to argue that remote collaboration is now a critical element of building a successful modern business.

So let’s look at the benefits of remote collaboration, and how it works to boost business success.

Remote workplace collaboration improves operational efficiency

Remote work management and communication is made for flexibility and speed. By its very nature, it builds these practices into your daily workflows. So optimising the collaborative software and remote communication tools at your disposal enables your business to quickly and smoothly segue from deliverable to deliverable. 

And, from a purely functional viewpoint, remote collaboration allows for improved scalability. Businesses can grow teams and operations as required, without necessarily requiring the office space they would have just five years ago. It enables a truly agile way of working.

Managing remote teams builds a more flexible business

Remote collaboration delivers a more flexible way of working—for everyone. Users are empowered to perform their roles from virtually anywhere. Rather than gaining reactive access to tools, platforms, and databases, as in a standard office, your teams already have these set up for them. 

This proactive remote managing streamlines the connection process. It also facilitates easier communication. You don’t have to wait for staff to gather in one place—they can do it remotely. 

Remote collaboration saves your business time, too. The distance requires faster speeds, and automated workflows to condense administrative tasks, which eliminate downtime in waiting for authorisations and approvals.

Virtual team building fosters innovation

Remote collaboration works to foster a culture of openmindedness. Your teams are effectively required to think differently. They’re using different tools, working in different ways, and managing their projects in different manners. It throws the doors wide open to new platforms, processes, and opportunities.

Think of it like a warm-up exercise. The more your virtual teams interact with remote collaborative tools, the more they’ll be used to thinking differently. It sets particular constraints in which teams need to work—and when you combine creativity with constraints, you get innovation. 

Managing remote teams enables better emergency responses

Remote workplace collaboration tools, such as intranets, databases, and the full Microsoft 365 suite, are all made for flexibility and collaboration. So by its very nature, managing remote teams can deliver a swifter, more coordinated response in an emergency situation.

Let’s use an example of a real-world emergency. Australia’s recent COVID situation has seen businesses all around NSW suffer immediate supply chain impacts, with shipping depots across the state being impacted. But thanks to the capabilities of remote communication, these businesses were able to deploy emergency response teams to manage the situation. Instead of the entire chain grinding to a halt, these teams could easily reroute to different suppliers with minimal interruption. 

And it doesn’t just have to be COVID. It could be a weather event, a staff crisis, or a site-specific incident. Remote communication and collaboration tools enable the necessary business leads to come together almost immediately. They can help deliver a faster business response, with users collaborating easily on documents and communications. 

All the team members and leaders involved can collaborate in real-time without losing any momentum. Entire virtual teams can be engaged as required, regardless of where they’re situated.

Remote team building widens the net for top talent

Offering remote work management opportunities enables your business to search wider when looking for new team members. Instead of relying on your city’s local talent pool, you can explore further; different cities, different states, even different countries. 

Including virtual team building as part of your recruitment strategy can be a key step in engaging, and retaining, high performing staff.

When managed correctly, managing virtual teams can deliver significant savings

Remote workplace collaboration allows for fewer team members to be in the office at one time. So naturally, this helps you reduce your electricity bills for heating, cooling, lighting, and infrastructure. 

Depending on how your business works, this can result in less office space used, delivering your company the ability to downsize. You’re able to reduce the office space you use, subletting out the free floor space—or even move offices altogether.

Remote collaboration brings teams closer

When managing remote teams, you may notice something. Despite seeming like the distance builds gaps, it can actually work to bring teams and business units closer together. The distance and the circumstances can foster a sense of togetherness, and actual work in favour of virtual team building. 

The distance works to make your teams more cohesive, more streamlined. There’s a shared sense of shouldered responsibility: a feeling that ‘we’re in this together.’

Nexon is here to help you with managing your virtual teams

At Nexon, we understand the value that remote collaboration can deliver. So we’re here to partner with you in managing and optimising your remote teams.

Reach out to us today to discuss how we can help you in managing remote teams. We’ll help you set your business up for success, despite the distance.

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