Many employers are shifting from the brick and mortar office environment, and developing a more agile workforce. By letting staff complete their tasks off-site not only makes sense for the workers, but it makes sense for their bosses, and the business’ bottom line. This is all made possible with remote access. To maximize the benefits of a remote workforce, your business must first set up a telecommuter-friendly infrastructure. Here are a few options for helping you capitalize on remote access successfully: Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a requirement to support a remote workforce. It provides company-issued devices with a secure connection that fully encrypts traffic from end-to-end over the internet. Off-site employees can log into the VPN, access company drives and work on files without any risk. IP Telephony, or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) enables phone calls to be carried over the Internet instead of through ordinary telephone lines. It can be programmed to a worker’s settings and brought home and plugged into an existing internet connection. By using devices that are part of the office’s phone system, you can maintain their work number and all the functionality of an in-office phone. This includes call transfers, muting, internal directory listing, access to company voicemail, and more, making working remotely easy. Collaborative Communication Tools let coworkers at diverse locations interact as it they were sitting in the same room. Some of the benefits include: Seeing the status of coworkers in terms of working from home, in the office, on vacation, or in a meeting to name a few. Sync a calendar to the communications tool so incoming calls are automatically routed to the right location depending on your status. Participate in instant messaging, video chatting, document sharing, and conferencing. Thanks to the wide range of remote access applications it´s not easy to choose the right one. So, let ETA eliminate the guess work. Click here to request a consultation.