Tips for Enabling Remote Workers with Microsoft Office 365

Productivity stops without the right tools. To keep remote workers productive, motivated and engaged, they need to securely access files, host meetings and video conferences, and collaborate on documents with colleagues. Microsoft Office 365 collaboration applications such as Teams, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Exchange Online are critical enablers for enhancing the productivity of your remote workers.

How Organizations Are Thinking Today

Microsoft Office 365 is certainly not a new conversation for most organizations. Remote work is accelerating adoption of new workloads, and we’re seeing organizations using Office 365 in new and fun ways.

  • Alternative, scalable, collaboration platforms. If primary authentication, systems or facilities are unavailable for whatever reason, executives and critical workers need a lifeline. Office 365 combined with Windows Virtual Desktop provides the essential components for remote productivity that can be scaled quickly and easily.
  • Getting social with video conferencing and Microsoft Teams. Video conferences are not just for virtual staff meetings (p.s. we know you’re wearing shorts!). Virtual social events with Teams have replaced hallway conversations and are improving rapport among colleagues by introducing hobbies, families and personal life into the conversation. Learn 5 basic tips for enriching your experience using Teams.
  • Modernize those old business processes. Now is a great time to rethink dated processes and paper-based approaches to doing business. It could be a simple wiki, a more collaborative Teams site or a more sophisticated integration and workflow with PowerApps – this is how modern work gets done today.

Near-Term Tips

Recently Matt Roberts, Global Discipline Lead for Workforce Transformation, Dell Technologies Services joined Stephanie Pirrong, Senior Advisor, Dell Technologies Services, in a podcast to discuss tips organizations can leverage for enabling their remote workers with Office 365.

During the podcast, Matt and Stephanie discussed the following topics:

  • What if Office 365 is new to your organization or you’re trying to roll it out to a new group of people?
  • What if any prerequisites are needed to roll out Teams?
  • What can organizations do to shorten time to productivity for employees new to Teams?
  • How can Dell Technologies and Microsoft help organizations with their Office 365 initiatives?

Do You Need Help Onboarding Office 365 for Your Remote Workers?

If your organization needs to rapidly deploy or expand Office 365 applications for your remote workforce, Dell Technologies has work from home services that we can execute remotely and quickly. Our Office 365 experts can help you onboard collaboration applications such as Teams and OneDrive as well as Exchange and SharePoint. It’s important to create awareness, maximize the value of your investment and drive usage among your workers which is why we include adoption templates to do just that. Should you want to migrate essential content into Office 365 to make the transition easier for your workers, we can help with that too.

Achieving Longer-Term Objectives

Once your near-term objectives for delivering Office 365 have been achieved, you may want additional help to fully deploy, personalize and drive adoption of the Office 365 productivity applications across your organization. Dell Technologies Services is here to help with your entire Office 365 journey. We can work with you to develop and execute a long-term strategy and roadmap to fully embrace the Office 365 ecosystem of productivity applications with personalized experiences for your employees. Value from new technology investments is only realized when your employees use it to work in better, frictionless ways with colleagues. Creating excitement and driving behavior changes is part and parcel of new technology investments, especially those that impact how your employees get work done. Read our perspective on Taking a Personalized Approach to the Human Side of Technology Change.

How much success has your organization had acclimating remote workers to Office 365?

About the Author: Dave Carlson

Dave Carlson is the Global Workforce Transformation Lead responsible for the Americas, EMEA and APJ theaters. In this role he drives globally consistent standards, strategy and thought leadership around VDI & End User Computing, Digital Workplace and Communications & Collaboration solutions for Dell Technologies Consulting Services. Dave has spoken at numerous industry events on topics such as enterprise IT strategy, application portfolio optimization, data center consolidation, cloud computing, end user computing, virtual desktop infrastructure, and application management strategies. He has also been published on the subject of messaging strategy and infrastructure design. Outside of the office, Dave enjoys searching for fresh powder in the mountains, relaxing at the beach and traveling with his family. He resides in New Jersey with his wife and two children.