Business leaders can solve many of these new workplace challenges with smart technology solutions that support remote workforce productivity.
Unified collaboration and communication tools are at the top of many companies' lists. More than 60% of executives expect to spend more on virtual collaboration tools and manager training, PwC reports. Unified collaboration and communication solutions bring a collection of features—such as video conferencing, instant messaging and web and audio conferencing—onto a single platform. Employees can access these tools from whatever device is convenient and collaborate with colleagues and clients wherever they are working.
Unified collaboration tool sets offer a gentler learning curve—users only need to learn one interface, not several. Presence information makes it easy for co-workers to see when someone they need to reach is available for a chat or call. Unified communication and collaboration tools can further boost remote employee productivity by integrating with popular business applications, such as office productivity suites and customer relationship management software.
A secure, reliable broadband connection can free employees from worries about poor or intermittent connections. It provides them with the connectivity they need to be productive, whether they're joining a team meeting or participating in a conference from their home offices.
Businesses can accelerate the transformation to a digital-first workplace with 5G, using its high speeds and ultra-low latency to enable near real-time connectivity in the home office and the field. 5G will also someday enable alternate reality and virtual reality in the workplace, letting companies open virtual workplaces where colleagues can meet and collaborate.