Remote working has taken the corporate world by storm, highlighting the importance of individual job satisfaction when it comes to achieving productive and high-quality outcomes.

However, while working from anywhere has become an increasingly popular option for employees and businesses alike, it can often come without some of the capabilities that are available in a company-operated workspace.

Centralised offices can offer made-for-work areas as well as occupation-specific equipment and data management and storage capabilities. These are features that employees cannot replicate from home.

This makes investing in the right devices central to the success of a remote working operation. An unreliable device with little processing capability or video call functionality can be the breaking point for a productive employee that is trying to accomplish the task at hand.

The first step in investing in the right equipment is knowing what features are central to a business’s operation.

Some of these could include:

1. Online/cloud/wireless device-to-device connection

When employees work remotely, mobile devices cannot rely on physical connections to communicate or send data. Employees working remotely must be able to collaborate seamlessly and, therefore, their mobile devices must be capable of pushing out information to a device wirelessly.

2. Simplicity

A complex system may be difficult to set up at first and cost not just time, but also money. The best kind of remote working systems are those that are easy to set up and run with minimum effort. High quality devices will integrate seamlessly into the business’s current infrastructure and help manage existing processes, keeping workloads low.

3. Camera/communications

In-built microphones, high-pixel cameras, and quality speaker systems are essential for remote working and should be included in the feature suite for any mobile device. These will provide seamless connections between employees and improve communication quality regardless of physical distance.

4. Device location tracking

The business should be able to track a mobile device’s location for security and management purposes. This is especially important for corporate mobile devices that contain sensitive data. Location tracking as a concept can be challenging because it can be viewed as undermining worker privacy. However, it is extremely useful for emergencies such as when an employee loses a device that needs to be recovered.

Blue Connections has compiled a tip sheet with the top features that enterprises must demand from mobile devices.

It’s important to choose devices for which the same company that creates the device also creates the software. For example, Microsoft Surface devices seamlessly integrate with productivity tools including Microsoft Office, Teams, AutoPilot and more. This makes the user experience frictionless and lets workers get on with their core tasks instead of being hamstrung by technology that isn’t quite fit for purpose.

To learn more about Microsoft’s Surface portfolio and how Blue Connections can help your organisation meet its remote working objectives, download our tip sheet or contact the team today.



Account Executive, Blue Connections IT