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Over the last year the world has witnessed remote working increasing at lightening speed as we continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19.

That's why it's important to have the right tools to connect and support your colleagues wherever they are to boost productivity, enhance collaboration and encourage engagement.

Here are our 4 easy steps to building a modern workplace, using Microsoft 365. 

1. Boost productivity with Microsoft 365 applications  

With endless communication platforms and access to files through the cloud, you’ll be on the right path to having a more modern environment.  

However, if you want to truly build a modern workplace, you must provide your employees with the tools they need to enhance their capabilities. 

With Microsoft 365, you’ll have access to a range of applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint, OneDrive and so much more.Not only will these tools provide your staff with the ease of sharing information and retrieving files, but they’ll also enable you to deliver high-quality work, on time and at speed.  

2. Facilitate open communication with Microsoft Teams  

We are gone of the days where traditional methods of communication, such as email and telephone calls, are fully supportive of complex business needs. Instead, we want communication to flow freely across departments, without restrictions or limitations. 

That’s why many businesses are making the movto Teams – a hub for teamwork and communication that’s hugely representative of the modern technology-based society we have become.  

Prepare for fast responses via instant messaging, video calling features to allow your team, no matter what size, to host audio, video and web conferences so that anyone (regardless of whether they are inside out outside of your organisation) can join.  

3. Accessible files with SharePoint  

One of the core elements of a Modern Workplace is based around the ease of information. 

It’s never been more important in these challenging times to support flexibility and collaborative working styles in the workplace, making it crucial your employees have the access the need to required files.  

SharePoint is a great place to start for storing your data, allowing authorised employees to open, review, edit and share documents from anywhere, any device and at any time. It even allows for complex workflow collaboration so employees can share files and update in real-time. 

4.Migrate to the Cloud with Microsoft Azure 

Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s comprehensive cloud computing service that provides a range of services that builds, tests, deploys and manages applications and services so that your business can utilise and scale applications when needed. 

One of the key benefits of moving your business to the cloud with Microsoft Azure is that you no longer have to endure the risks that come with on-premise servers, such as downtime or replacements. This will allow you to cut costs, as applications are built to scale and grow at speed with your business. 

Modernise your business cyber security measures with Azure, it will identify threats in real-time while delivering actionable insights that will help protect your business. 

How can we help? 

Transforming your IT infrastructure to reflect a modern workplace is a big task which you may feel would benefit from some expert assistance.  

At Kick we can point to almost 40 years’ experience delivering these services to our customers and working with SME’s across the country.  

We’re also a Microsoft Gold Partner, so you can trust that we have the skills and expertise to implement the right tools for your business allowing you to create a collaborative and flexible office environment that support the ever-growing demands of remote working. 

For more information on how a managed IT service can help your business you can speak directly with your Kick account manager or, if you are new to Kick, then contact us or call 01698 844 600 to arrange a no-obligation chat. 

Rachel Timmins

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