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Make the move to the virtual workplace

As the number of COVID-19 cases increases by the day globally, many companies are letting their staff work remotely to help contain the spread of the virus.

Many of the world’s largest companies, including Google, Apple, and Microsoft, have already instructed staff that can work from home to now do so. Millions of other businesses are expected to follow suit as governments continue to restrict travel, events and social gatherings.

But the trend towards remote working predates the recent pandemic. More than two-thirds of people around the world were already working away from the office at least once every week, according to researchers.

There are some excellent solutions now available to businesses that can empower their staff to work at home productively and efficiently. Microsoft Teams, for example, is a great platform for enabling sharing and teamwork. It’s a chat-based hub that helps create a more open, fluid and digital environment.

It provides all the tools you need to stay in touch and collaborate productively with your colleagues, including team discussions, video conferencing and private/group chat.

As well as combining lots of useful functions so that people can collaborate better, it integrates with the Office 365 productivity suite which includes Microsoft Office and Skype – making it easy to set-up calls from a laptop, share files or set up a video conference.

Office 365 is also a great way for your team to access all the tools and applications they are familiar with, while working remotely. This includes the latest Office 365 online applications, such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and many more essentials, plus the iOS and Android apps.

Microsoft OneDrive also ensures your files are synchronised and available anywhere on any device and it’s easy to share with your team. With email and files ready when needed in a secure location, staff can work when they like and share easily.

As the African continent braces itself for more outbreaks of the coronavirus, these cloud-based services are designed to keep your business running smoothly - wherever your team may be.

Liquid Telecom is currently offering a free trial of its Virtual Workplace solution to businesses in Africa. Click here to get an advantage over your competition and sign-up for a free trial.

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