How Microsoft Teams Can Support a Remote Workforce

The age of the remote workforce has arrived. It isn’t an idle announcement, it’s a fact that 2020 was a turning point in work-from-home culture by necessity.

Companies that support a remote workforce culture can support 40% more of a workforce than organizations that don’t.

Along with working from home the way we work is also changing.

Many platforms, including Microsoft Teams, increase collaboration and decrease headaches in trying to manage a remote workforce.

Keep reading to find out how you can manage remote employees with Microsoft Teams.

Your Remote Employees Are (Probably) Not Freelancers

It’s an important distinction that we are not now in the age of freelancing, but work-from-home or remote working.

You may hire freelancers to solve immediate production or scalability issues. However, your workforce is, more than likely, not freelancer-based.

Remote workers are on your payroll on either a full-time or part-time basis. There’s a contract they can’t work for other companies at all or in the same industrial sector.

Remote workers are usually entitled to different employee benefits. Things like sick leave, holidays, and insurance.

Freelancers, though, aren’t on the company payroll. They’re hired on by-the-project and the length of employment is usually determined by their role in the project.

  • They don’t receive benefits
  • They do their own tax contributions as independent contractors
  • They can (and often do) work for more than one company at a time

Because of these, it’s important to remember that your remote workers are part of the company and its culture. You shouldn’t make them feel excluded.

Microsoft Teams gives the sense of community they crave.

Tech Improvement and Remote Workforce Expectations

Flexibility is more important than benefits and even a higher salary today, according to 80% of people now getting a taste of remote working.

Part of what allows that flexibility is good communication through work platforms. Microsoft Teams allows community but also efficient work. It’s time you invested in the technologies, like Microsoft Teams, that allow you to facilitate the flexibility remote workers demand and get their work done well.

If you’re not sure why, who, and what you need to do that well, visit Not only is there a breakdown of the needed skills and knowledge, but they and others like them can help you fulfill the needs of your remote workforce.

Benefits of Working From Home

Using tools like Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office 365, and more workers have found themselves more productive, having fewer absences, and available more than ever.

From the perspective of the employer, you’re offloading power, water, and other work tools to the worker in most cases, providing almost nothing except the platform and software licensing.

Fewer absences mean more met deadlines. A surprising result of remote worker hiring is finding a better talent pool. Not being hindered by geographic location (and better hiring opportunities for the worker and employer) is benefitting everyone — including your customers.

Leveraging a global workforce also gives a 24-7 workforce advantage.

Jump on the Remote Workforce Bandwagon

Using platforms like Microsoft Teams to facilitate your workforce is a no-brainer for everyone wanting to expand their business’s skillset, adaptability, and bottom line in this dawn of a new era.

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