Facing the New Remote Reality? Microsoft Teams Improves Your Collaboration Technology Infrastructure

The year 2021 promises to be a new reality in many ways, not the least of which is the continuing transition to a remote workforce. Businesses and employees are coming to appreciate the benefits of a work-from-home environment and are unlikely to return to the traditional five-day-a-week-in-the-office work model.

Employees enjoy the flexibility of working from home and not having to face long commutes to and from the office. Remote working also saves an employee an average of $4,000 annually in commuting costs, coffee, and lunch expense, and maintaining a closet full of professional work attire according to one report.1

Businesses also see financial benefits from a remote workforce. One survey says a typical employer can save an average of $11,000 per half-time telecommuter per year, primarily from increased productivity, lower real estate costs, reduced absenteeism, and turnover, and better disaster preparedness.2

The switch to a remote workforce does come with a major challenge – implementing the right technology to support the work-at-home staff. Despite being in various locations, your remote staff still must be able to effectively communicate and collaborate to meet your company goals, solve problems, and deliver superior customer service.

Microsoft Teams brings together the full breadth and depth of Office 365 to provide a true chat-based hub for teamwork while providing you with the opportunity to create a more open, fluid digital environment. Microsoft Teams allows your remote staff to share files and opinions and unleash the power of the group – even when working remotely.

Interlink can help you optimize the use of Microsoft Teams with its Energize Teams Workshop and Implementation program. These three hands-on sessions cover the major components of the Microsoft solution – Teams Calling, Teams Meetings, and Teams Apps and Solutions.

Interlink’s latest eBook, Communicate, Collaborate, & Contribute: Helping the Remote Workforce Achieve Success with Microsoft Teams, explains the features and benefits of each of the Teams offerings, and previews what to expect when attending the Interlink Energize Teams Workshops.

Interlink’s Energize Teams Workshop and Implementation program helps you create a customized workspace to allow your workforce to be more productive. The Teams Energize program helps you:

  • Build user awareness of the tool and how best to use it
  • Develop a vision of your specific organizational needs and how Teams will benefit your users
  • Deploy and configure Teams with built-in compliance and governance tools
  • Identify change management processes to ensure users adopt and utilize the technology


If you’re working from home, chances are you’ll save money, by Aimee Picchi, USA Today, March 22, 2020

Latest Work-At-Home/Telecommuting/Mobile Work/Remote Work Statistics, Global Workplace Analytics, March 2020