Working in the Cloud: Say No to Remote Worker FOMO

Posted by Robin Suttell, Content Marketer, - Sep 17, 2020

Q2 2020 changed the way people work. Possibly forever. Thanks to COVID-19, more workers than ever have been waking up, grabbing their coffee and enjoying an easy commute to another room in their house. Work from anywhere has been the norm.

Now, some have already returned or are returning to the traditional office. Others are remaining home for a bit longer, if not permanently.

remote work dayHow can those working remotely continue to feel connected with their colleagues back at the office? Are they feeling excluded from key HQ happenings? Do they struggle with unreliable connections to a virtual private network?

If your remote team is feeling disenfranchised now that some coworkers are back at the office, it might be time to rethink how they stay in touch with your teams and customers. Doing so will improve how your organization works in the cloud.

Remote Working is on the Rise

Back in 2016, 43 percent of U.S. employees worked remotely in some capacity, up 4 percent from 2012, according to a Gallup survey. This upswing touched all industries and was already continuing to climb before quarantine measures.

Gallup revisited the remote working trend between March and May 2020. In March, the combined number of people working “sometimes” or “always” from home due to coronavirus concerns was 59% of those surveyed. It hit a high in April of 70% and leveled out to 68% in May.

Gallup also interviewed workers about their preference of returning to the office or remaining remote. About half of those surveyed indicated they want to continue working remotely. Twenty-two percent said they would rather work from home permanently because they enjoy it, while 27 percent enjoy it and have coronavirus concerns, as well. The landscape and comfort level with remote work has changed faster than expected.

Even with remote working quickly becoming a norm vs. an exception, employers and remote workers say they continue to struggle with issues surrounding productivity, collaboration and communication among those in the field and in the main office.

collaborating team funEven with remote working quickly becoming a norm vs. an exception, employers and remote workers say they continue to struggle with issues surrounding productivity, collaboration and communication among those in the field and in the main office.

In fact, a 2017 Harvard Business Review study shows remote workers often suffer from workplace FOMO (the fear of missing out). Out of 1,153 workers surveyed, 52 percent work remotely at least some of the time. And when they do, they believe they are being left out of the loop by colleagues back at the office.

Connecting Workers from Anywhere

Cloud-native productivity tools, such as Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), alleviate this dreaded FOMO and unite your workforce, no matter where they spend their workday. Whether they work virtually from a home office, a coffee shop or even a backyard patio, workplace cloud collaboration tools give them a better way to communicate and collaborate. 

Email. Video conferencing. Shared calendars. Document creation, editing and sharing. File storage. All are available from any device from anywhere at any time with cloud-based productivity solutions. 

Increasingly more companies are deploying solutions like Google Workspace to solve the question of how to effectively manage a remote team and mitigate remote worker FOMO.

Why Workplace Cloud Collaboration Supports Remote Work

Here are six reasons why a workplace transformation with a cloud-based productivity solution will be your organization’s MVP for remote workers and for your company:

1. Work from anywhere.

These cloud-based productivity tools allow your workers to access email, documents, chats and meetings no matter where they are. Location has no limitations on employees’ ability to communicate and access data.

2. Virtual collaboration.

Accessing these tools gives you real-time document collaboration. You and a colleague can edit the same document at the same time and see each other’s changes as you work. Think about what it’s like putting working on an RFP when key contributors are in different locations. You spend too much time emailing documents back and forth. With tools like Google Workspace, everyone can be in the same doc simultaneously, working together, no matter where they are.

3. Better meetings.

Virtual DesktopWith a single mouse click, you and team members can chat live or join a video conference at your desk or in a conference room. That face-to-face connection in using Google Meet Enterprise, a feature-packed video conferencing tool, can be the next best thing to in-person meetings. For a quick, one-on-one touchbase or small group discussions, you also can use Hangouts Chat, another collaborative Google Workspace feature.

4. Single-location file storage.

Workers company-wide can access, download and upload files using the cloud on any device, anywhere, as long as they are connected to WiFi or a cellular network. There’s no need to email files as attachments and upload them to servers once you return to your workspace, or to log into a clunky VPN or remote desktop to access the company server when you’re working offsite.

5. Security and reliability.

One of the biggest misconceptions of the cloud is that it isn’t secure or reliable. Consider this: All Google Cloud products run on the same robust infrastructure and feature built-in protections with updates that are automatically pushed and installed regularly. What’s more, Google Workspace is designed around strict privacy and security standards that consider data ownership and use, transparency and accountability.

6. Central IT administration.

IT administrationDespite popular belief, cloud IT isn’t confusing. It’s consolidated within a single, centralized console that runs on the enterprise level. Your IT department can easily customize levels of security and control. It requires no hardware or software and needs minimal administration, creating tremendous time and cost savings for your organization. And, your IT department can assist remote workers with support requests even though they aren’t physically in the office.

The remote workforce is here to stay; it’s crucial to keep them connected to your brick-and-mortar teams. With the right tools to connect this growing and dispersed group, you'll lessen or even eliminate remote worker FOMO.

The remote workforce is here to stay; it’s crucial to keep them connected to your brick-and-mortar teams. With the right tools to connect this growing and dispersed group, you'll lessen or even eliminate remote worker FOMO. All workers will work better together. 

And just maybe this better collaboration will help them spark new ideas and develop the “next big thing” as a connected team, no matter where they spend their workdays.

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Robin Suttell, Content Marketer

Robin Suttell, Content Marketer

Robin is Onix's Content Marketer. She has devoted her career to the written word, developing strategic, thoughtful, relevant copy that educates, engages and entertains, both as a working journalist and marketing pro. At Onix, she oversees all marketing content initiatives for the leading cloud consultancy and solutions provider. When she's not doing the content thing, Robin continues to hone her skills an amateur car and shower singer while dreaming of gigs at a piano bar, a la The Fabulous Baker Boys. No one has called, so she remains content writing about cloud computing trends.

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