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3 New Ways to Make the Remote Workplace Work

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According to Inc., nearly 35 percent of the workforce is classified as freelancers. As this statistic continues to rise, companies are busy working to adapt to the challenges of working with remote employees. But it doesn’t have to be challenging; here are three ways to make the remote workplace work.

Have an Office in Every City

No, you don’t have to scramble to buy up precious real estate in each corner of the world. Instead, rent it with ShareDesk. Simply choose from thousands of unique meeting and flexible workspaces from New York to London by typing in where you want to work and which type of space suits your needs best. Then, browse the results and book your very own office space. Rooms can be rented for less than $10 an hour for quick meetings and less than $50 a day, depending on where you are traveling. Booking is easy and you can make a confirmation directly from your smartphone, tablet or desktop. In addition to ease of use, ShareDesk doesn’t charge any fees and each space is vetted and verified to meet the needs of professionals looking for anything from startup offices to executive branch centers. ShareDesk has partnerships with more than 2,400 venues across 70 countries, which allows for all employees to be productive, wherever they may be remotely working from.

Never Miss a Thing

Taking a remote vacation or international business trip this summer? Instead of being completely disconnected from your employees and clients, keep in touch with the help of a state-of-the-art, pocket-sized, mobile cell tower. Iridium Go!, available from the satellite phone provider Roadpost, creates a reliable connection for both data and voice communication on your smartphone or tablet, including voice calls, email access, photo sharing, GPS, web surfing and more. This unique device offers service in remote, far out locations where other service providers can’t reach without the hefty roaming charges. And, Sail named Iridium Go! a 2015 Pittman Innovation award winner, as an outstanding new product. By using Iridium Go!, you can connect yourself and up to five of your colleagues to a Wi-Fi hotspot to get work done on business trips or on vacation, creating a remote workspace, anywhere on the globe. The complete Iridium Go! Kit includes one battery, a USB cable, an AC charger with four international adapters for your convenience, a DC charger and a protective cover.

Skip Memos & Emails

Having a team of remote employees poses its own set of unique challenges. Staying in the know and keeping in the loop is challenging for in-office employees; imagine what it’s like for the remote worker. Make communication clear and skip all of the office memos and chain emails and opt for Asana. This innovative software promotes teamwork, without email. Asana organizes important information like meeting information and to-do lists that can help employees stay current on day-to-day happenings. And, the information is always in one place, not scattered throughout your email inbox, with access to due dates, dashboard, calendars, tasks and more. Notable companies including Lyft and Simple Human have both found success by using the software. The technology is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, so each remote employee can always have the information they need at their fingertips.

Posted on July 16th, 2015 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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