Without the availability of this kind of software and the infrastructure to support it, the pandemic could have had an even greater impact than it has already on our society, our working environments, and on the economy. The ability to work remotely has enabled many people to stay home and prevent the spread of the virus to many more vulnerable people.
Now that these systems have survived such a worldwide stress test, and people’s opinions of remote working have rapidly changed, the question becomes – why not make better use of these systems to create a more flexible working environment going forward?
Microsoft is one of the many companies to step up to the new challenge of promoting a successful and productive hybrid working environment that adapts and adjusts to meet the needs of their users.
While some small businesses may need only one or two people to run a department, they still need to be part of a greater organisational team. Some larger businesses and enterprises will have hundreds or thousands of people working for one team in a single department. It’s important that the resources can adjust to fit either kind of business.
With their focus on ‘People, Places and Processes’, they have been continuing to develop resources and features to help teams stay connected even at a distance, and to make sure that they are allowing team members to participate on equal footing whether they are physically in the office again, working remotely, or a combination of both. Equal information access, collaboration, communication (both synchronous and asynchronous), and security are key to making a hybrid workplace successful.
Features such as Together Mode in Teams, Teams Rooms, new additions and adjustments to Whiteboard, new software and platforms like Viva and Fluid Components that we’ll be looking at over the coming weeks are all designed to make the hybrid work environment easier to manage, and it smoother than ever to work, share, and collaborate no matter where your team are in the world.