Re­mote work­ing and busi­ness apps grow­ing hand-in-hand

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With a grow­ing num­ber of pro­fes­sion­als work­ing out­side the main of­fice, at least some of the time, use of re­mote work­ing tools has also rad­i­cally in­creased. In fact, a stag­ger­ing 86% of work­ers have used at least one tool en­abling re­mote work­ing in the pre­vi­ous month, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey of over 44,000 se­nior busi­ness peo­ple across more than 100 coun­tries by global work­place provider Re­gus.

Some 85% of re­spon­dents also high­light that the needs of re­mote work­ers are strongly driv­ing take up of ‘cloud’ ap­pli­ca­tions that pro­vide them with cost-ef­fec­tive of­fice tools wher­ever they are.

But on­line tools are also help­ing to ease some of the other pain tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with re­mote work­ing es­pe­cially through the pro­lif­er­a­tion of ef­fi­cient and se­cure doc­u­ment shar­ing ser­vices.

The re­search shows that Drop­box is the most com­monly used on­line file-shar­ing ser­vice, used by 56% glob­ally, fol­lowed by Google Drive 43% and TeamViewer 25%.

An­other chal­lenge re­mote work­ers face is that of get­ting over­looked when they are not in the of­fice. In­stant Mes­sag­ing tools and VoIP, how­ever, are rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the way work­ers com­mu­ni­cate and help­ing re­mote work­ers show they are avail­able, con­nected and im­me­di­ately re­spon­sive. The re­search found that the most pop­u­lar VoIP Mes­sag­ing

ac­cess

to ap­pli­ca­tion is Skype, used by 60% of global re­spon­dents in the pre­vi­ous month; Face­book Mes­sen­ger 48% and Viber 13% fol­lowed.

“With more busi­nesses of­fer­ing staff the op­por­tu­nity to work re­motely at least oc­ca­sion­ally, on­line tools are help­ing to over­come some of the hur­dles tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with work­ing from out­side of the of­fice,” ex­plained Ka­te­rina Manou, Re­gus Re­gional Gen­eral Man­ager – Balkans and Cyprus.

“From feel­ing out of touch with col­leagues, to be­ing un­able to ac­cess doc­u­ments on the com­pany server, tech­nol­ogy is bridg­ing the gap. The growth in in­stant mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and doc­u­ment-shar­ing ser­vices in par­tic­u­lar is play­ing an enor­mous role in help­ing more peo­ple to work flex­i­bly, by en­abling more re­li­able and se­cure ways of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with col­leagues and shar­ing files, from wher­ever peo­ple may be work­ing. This means that they can be fully op­er­a­tive even when they are not in the of­fice.”

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