By PowerBuy // 8 May 2015 // Related Categories: Tips

Seventy-five percent of workers report that the ability to work outside the office using mobile devices has been a positive development, despite causing a third of workers to put in longer hours. That’s one of the striking findings of a recent study by recruitment consultancy Kelly Services, which surveyed almost 100,000 people in 34 countries on their workplace practices. It also found that 88 percent of workers are ‘greatly’ or ‘somewhat’ attracted by the possibility of remote collaboration – that is, working from home or even abroad.

It’s not hard to see why. Using mobile devices and modern communications software, it’s possible to maintain strong working relationships with people on the other side of the world. Whether your contacts are in London or Tokyo, all you require to collaborate with them in real time is an internet connection, a webcam, and the appropriate software – which is where Cisco WebEx comes in.

From one end of the earth to the other

Cisco WebEx is a software solution that combines videoconferencing, screen-sharing, file transfers and collaborative design, allowing any number of people, in any number of places, to work together in real-time. It’s like being in a private boardroom with your colleagues and clients, except that you needn’t commute or hop on a plane to get there. Best of all, WebEx offers fully functional apps for Android, Blackberry and iOS, and can be accessed via a web browser on any 3G-enabled device.

Make the first move

One of Webex’s advantages is that it makes creating meetings with your contacts easy. With your personal WebEx site, you can send invitations in advance and know that, thanks to WebEx’s productivity tools, these will sync automatically with Outlook and Microsoft Office. You can even begin meetings instantly from within the Microsoft Office document that you’re working on. Importantly, the person you’re contacting doesn’t need a WebEx account of their own to participate. It’s a simple matter of clicking a link before following some on-screen instructions. You’ll be talking to your colleague within minutes.

Pass the mic

WebEx was designed to enhance remote collaboration. This means giving everybody the ability to contribute their ideas to a project. WebEx supports this in two ways. First, it’s a cinch to pass control to other people in your meeting. This allows them to share applications, documents or what’s on their computer screen, while interacting with what’s on your screen – whether that means editing a spreadsheet or designing something in Photoshop. Second, WebEx places no practical limit on how many people can participate – your conference can have up to 3,000 entry points.

Time is money – why not save both?

The Kelly Services study convincingly demonstrates that today’s mobile workforce is eager to take advantage of the geographical flexibility offered by teleconferencing technology. What’s more, 57 percent of respondents said that telecommuting has made productivity ‘much better’. So why not empower your business to conquer obstacles of distance and time by embracing online collaboration?

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