Hybrid and remote work are here to stay. Fortunately for employers and employees, recent studies have found working remotely does not negatively impact productivity. Offering hybrid and remote work can help employees attract and retain top talent.
Once a company decides to offer hybrid or remote work, its leaders need to decide which platform will encourage team collaboration best. There are many platforms on the market today. These virtual work environments all offer something a little different, so it’s important to understand your options before making a decision to switch platforms or integrate a new platform into your operations. Here’s a look at a few of the most popular virtual work environments.
Microsoft Teams: The Whole Package
Many companies use Microsoft Teams for their virtual work environments, and it’s no wonder why. The platform is an all-in-one team collaboration tool that has everything a team needs to stay connected and productive.
Unlike its competitors that only offer video conferencing, Teams offers encrypted instant messaging, file storage and sharing, and real-time document editing. It also integrates with other Microsoft tools to put information at your team’s fingertips. This is all in addition to its robust video conferencing tool.
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Zoom: Web Conferencing & Webinars
Zoom’s become a major player in video conferencing technologies. Its interface is easy to use for meeting participants and hosts alike. Team collaboration on Zoom is limited to video interaction, chat, polls, and in-chat file sharing (though files are not stored to the cloud as they are on Teams).
While Zoom is a good video conferencing tool, it lacks instant messaging, file storage and sharing, and other team collaboration tools available on Teams. This means business leaders will need to invest in additional tools to round out their virtual work environments.
WebEx: Nearly the Whole Package
WebEx is a Cisco product that is similar to Microsoft Teams. Like Teams, WebEx does video conferencing, instant messaging, and file sharing and storage. These are all things your employees need for team collaboration and productivity.
The main drawback to WebEx over Teams is that WebEx requires an additional monthly fee, while Microsoft Teams may already be available to you through your Microsoft 365 suite. Why pay extra for a service you already have?
Team collaboration is easy with the right virtual work environment. At Now IT Connects, we use Microsoft Teams to collaborate with our internal team as well as our clients. We can help you integrate the application at your business to improve productivity without sacrificing efficiency or security. Get in touch with us to learn how.