How to Support Traveling Employees with Office 365
Don’t let your traveling workers feel disconnected from their colleagues. Learn how Office 365 can bridge the gap.
For many employees, traveling regularly is simply a part of the job. In fact, due to the globalization of today’s economy, travel requirements appear to be on the rise. According to the Global Business Travel Association, business spending on travel surpassed $1 trillion dollars in 2015 and is expected to rise to close to $1.6 trillion by 2020.
Today’s traveling employee must have access to the latest technology to ensure they can convey their organization’s strengths to potential clients. Today more than ever, employees can leverage tools like Office 365 to meet the needs of clients around the world.
Common fears of today’s traveling employee
Below are just a few of the common fears that business travelers have shared with our team as they travel from place to place around the country and around the world:
Will traveling affect my communication with colleagues?
Occasionally, traveling employees can feel disconnected from their colleagues. Thankfully with tools like Office 365, people can instantly catch up with any of their coworkers through a variety of communication tools such as Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Outlook and many other Office 365 apps.
Are all my necessary files saved on my machine prior to traveling?
Just a few years ago, if a traveling employee forgot to save a critical file on his or her machine, it meant scrambling at the last minute to locate the file. Thankfully with the advance of cloud computing, companies can leverage tools like OneDrive for Business to store company documents securely in the cloud. This way traveling employees can access their important data from anywhere and not have to worry about potential machine failures or lost USB drives that could result in information vanishing or even ending up in the wrong hands.
Can I attend important company meetings from afar?
Unfortunately, traveling employees often can’t attend certain company meetings due to being physically out of the office. With video conferencing and messaging tools from Microsoft like Skype for Business, traveling employees can feel a part of meetings even while on the road.
Can I access documents stored in the cloud when I’m offline?
Internet access is more prevalent than ever but there are still times where there’s no way to get online. In these rare instances, it’s critical that traveling sales people can still get things done. Thanks to OneDrive and local versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, users can access their cloud-based files, modify them and the files will automatically be updated in the cloud when their connection returns.
Ready to boost the productivity of your traveling workforce?
Office 365 offers the perfect way for you to increase productivity for your employees that are constantly on the road. Reach out to MessageOps today at 877-788-1617 or through our contact form to learn how Microsoft’s suite of cloud-based tools can completely transform your business.