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Tools and Programs for Hybrid Workplaces

Working Remotely | December 7, 2021
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While hybrid workplaces were once thought of as a temporary measure, they have quickly become the new standard for many offices in various industries. Since hybrid workplaces are here to stay, it is important to ensure that your team has all the tools they need to complete their work from any location. As leading providers of cybersecurity and cloud services that can be tailored to the needs of any industry, the team at Next Hop Solutions understands how complex the transition to a hybrid work environment can be. That is why we have compiled a list of the different types of tools and programs for hybrid workplaces to help operations make the switch while remaining productive and secure.

Learn about some useful cybersecurity tips for working from home.

4 Types of Tools to Optimize Productivity in Hybrid Workplaces

The following types of tools and programs are among the most common and important for hybrid workplaces:

1. Communication

If most of your employees will not be in the same physical location, you will need to ensure that they have an effective way to communicate and collaborate on projects. Programs such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Skype are great ways for team members to stay connected regardless of their location. Whether they choose to use text-based team chat, team discussion boards, or video calling, these programs will help to keep each individual feeling like they are part of a larger team.

2. Data Sharing

While sending files over email is still one of the easiest ways to share data, it is not the most efficient or secure. If your team needs access to various files such as Word documents, Photoshop files, and Excel sheets, it is worth investing in a suitable cloud storage system. This will allow all team members to access crucial files from the same location, enhancing productivity and collaboration.

3. Privacy and Security

Though hybrid workplaces allow for greater flexibility, they can also be more vulnerable to cyber attacks and data corruption as employees may access files on unsecured devices or networks. To maintain a high level of privacy and security, be sure to invest in a suitable VPN and educate all employees in good security practices. These practices can include information on scam/phishing emails, the importance of device updates, and hazard recognition.

4. Cloud-Based Applications and Computing

Online/cloud-based applications—like Office 365—are the best choice for hybrid work environments as they allow users to access and work on projects from any location. In addition to cloud-based apps, cloud computing is becoming an increasingly popular choice for hybrid and remote offices as it allows users to access a secure and powerful computer from any device in any location.

To learn more about tools, programs, and other effective solutions for hybrid workplaces, get in touch with the experts at Next Hop Solutions. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.


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