As the country continues to work remotely, we’ve heard a lot about the benefits – no commute, a more comfortable environment, and pets for company. For many, however, the transition to home working has been difficult and daunting. When you’re not used to working outside of the office, it can be hard to motivate yourself or keep connected with team members. Many also suffer from loneliness, used to sharing coffee breaks with their co-workers.
Thankfully, modern tools like Microsoft Teams can make remote work much more manageable. Though it works excellently as a workplace chat app, it also has features in place to help you stay organised, share work, and keep on top of your schedule.
Here are a few ways you can take full advantage of Teams:
Stay in touch on the go
Though your commute might just be a few steps when working from home, there may be times when you have to run to the post office or otherwise be away from the desk. The Teams mobile app lets you chat with colleagues, engage in video or audio meetings, or edit documents from any location.
This a blessing for those wanting to work from a tablet on the sofa, but it can also raise challenges when it comes to work-life balance. Though you can stay tuned in at any time of the day, it’s often a good idea to take a step back on your breaks and after work hours. For this purpose, Teams has ‘away’ and ‘unavailable’ statuses, and you can set quiet hours.
As mentioned, one of the biggest challenges of the lockdowns and the remote working is the feeling of isolation that accompanies. Though nothing will fully replace the office environment, Teams can get you closer with the ability to reach out for one-on-one text chats or calls.
Early research suggests that the pandemic has increased mental distress in employees. Checking in one on one with your colleagues through Teams can give you a safe space to vent or chat personally and ultimately lead to a happier virtual workforce.
Stay organised in your channels
When there’s a lot going on at home, and no co-workers sitting beside you to remind you about particular tasks, it can be difficult to stay organised. Teams provides tools to separate employees into various channels for differen