With countries across the world declaring a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, companies are enabling work-from-home structures to keep their business running and employees safe; however, to be successful working remotely, you have to be well adapted to this type of working. Here are five remote working solutions that can help you be an effective remote worker.

What are the essential tools for remote workers to connect and collaborate?

1. Work from home laptop or desktop

Remote workers should prioritize clear communication when emailing and messaging coworkers. Stay productive and work seamlessly with a good, powerful yet sleek laptop like MSI Content Creation Laptops and stay connected with emails, virtual meetings, instant messaging and remote access under the protection of your own roof.

Alternately, you can also explore MSI desktops for remote working solutions.

2. VPN (Virtual Private Network)

A VPN provides employees remote access to the company’s network, so you can access printers, connect to IT resources, transfer data and more. A VPN also increases security and can block access to certain dangerous websites.

3. Virtual meeting applications

If you have virtual meetings and conferences that include lots of remote workers, Zoom is a video chat application that supports large meetings with up to 3000 participants! In other words, you can even move your offline convention to an online virtual event via a meeting platform like Zoom. Another good choice would be Microsoft Teams, which combines instant messaging, videoconferencing, calling and document collaboration into a single, integrated app – and enables exciting new ways of working.

4. Stay organized with a calendar tool

One of the most important remote working solutions is virtual organization. With the increased flexibility and decreased structure, it is incredibly important to keep yourself organized. Plan your daily routine with a calendar tool like Toggl Plan or Team Up. Use Gantt charts for easy navigation of ongoing projects to understand the current workflow, so your remote team can organize their time accordingly.

5. Minimize distractions

Distractions are a major pitfall for remote work! To help keep yourself away from distractions, turn your phone to silent mode, log out of your social media and create a private workspace in your home so you don’t have people around you while you are working.

Staying safe at home – a message from MSI

MSI wants to reassure you that your health, safety and peace of mind are of the utmost importance. MSI is following this situation very closely and working hard to provide services and support to the products you use so that you can rest at ease. At this time, our hearts go out to each and every one of those who are being affected by this situation.

Please stay safe and healthy.

For more information on MSI products visit CDW.ca/msi

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