By DeVry University
June 1, 2020
3 min read
June 1, 2020
3 min read
As current events impact the business landscape, many companies continue to see their employees thriving in remote work environments. Even just a few months ago, bustling office buildings, long commutes and in-person meetings were the norm – but will 2020 set a new standard for how we work?
Recent studies show that companies are taking a strategic look at how remote work options can positively impact their bottom line. For instance, businesses can save an average of $10,000 per remote worker, reports Entrepreneur. In addition, according to Gallup, 54% of workers say that flexible work time is an important factor that would drive them to leave one job for another. Further, remote workers tend to feel more engaged and satisfied in their jobs.
When employees work from home, several business costs tend to decrease because:
Less people are calling in sick.
Retaining employees means fewer turnover costs.
There are lower overhead costs at office locations (lower utility costs, less square footage needed, etc.).
The benefits of remote work for both companies and employees are clear. When these factors come together, many signs point towards a more flexible future.
As you continue to navigate the online business world, here are a handful of top online meeting tools, free video conferencing apps and virtual team-building activities to help you create an effective and collaborative work environment.
Some of these applications are completely free, while others offer a specific call length for free users (for instance, Zoom limits calls to 40 minutes for free users; UberConference gives users 45 minutes).
Ice breaker Q&A sessions over video.
Virtual lunch hours over video.
Group chats via Slack or other collaborative tools.
“Learning circles” or “lunch and learns” over video.
Regular check-ins via chat or video.
Collaborative music playlists using Spotify or other music streaming services.
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