· In 2025, 70% of the workforce will be remote workers according to a report by Forbes. This implies a heavy reliance on technology for work.
· Tech tools can help enhance remote work in Nigeria and around the world because more people are embracing it.
As predicted by a 2020 report by Forbes, 70% of the workforce will be working remotely by 2025. The study further clarified that it will be so for 5 days each month. Around the world, remote work is been adopted because of its efficiency. In Nigeria, Africa's most populuos country, remote work is also thriving, because of available tech tools.
Remote work in Nigeria was made popular by the lockdown in 2020. It was a period when technology and its gains were explored to the limits. Long after the end of lockdowns due to the covid19 pandemic, the culture of remote work has continued to be preferred by many organizations.
Remote work in Nigeria is a solution for many business owners who can afford to rent offices for their businesses. It largely relies on technology for day-to-day operations. If you already have a remote job or you are looking forward to having one, various technological tools can make it easier and more efficient.
These tools enable you to store information, communicate with other members of the team, and perform tasks that are assigned to you in the easier way possible from your remote location. These technologies are important because without them there will be no remote work at all. Five of them have been outlined below because they will help you in your remote work journey.
1. Shared folder
Shared folders are Google folders that allow multiple users access to files and documents. To be able to access them, you have to be added by the creator or admin. Based on the preference of the admin, you can edit files, upload files, and carry out basic operations. The admin can also remove your access to the folders and files. Shared folders are in the cloud, so there is no limit to the volume of files and documents that they can store at a given period.
Laptops and computers have a limit to the files and documents that they can store. Those that use office computers also face the challenge of storage which shared folders can solve. Working remotely can be successful through the use of shared folders.
2. Google docs
Google docs are online documents that can be shared and worked on by different users. The importance of google docs is that your documents are saved even if your computer crashes suddenly. You can login to your google docs account and continue work as if nothing happened.
Like MS-word, it has a grammar editing feature that allows the correction of typed documents to be grammar and error-free. The documents can then be downloaded in word format or shared with other users. It is easy to get links to google docs documents.
3. Online meeting apps
Meeting apps makes remote work more meaningful because it allows you to meet with coworkers virtually to have official meetings. Once downloaded and installed or accessed through the web, all invited participants can join the meeting. They have audio, video, presentation, and recording tools to use for the meeting. Some meeting apps like the zoom app can take many people based on the subscription.
Having a reliable internet source is essential for a hitch-free remote work. An external internet source like a modem is a secure source of internet connection to allow an uninterrupted workflow. Connections by phone might be unreliable because of the fluctuating networks in many areas in Nigeria. There are other devices and means to connect to the internet but modems are still used efficiently because they encode computer signals into analog signals - helping to maintain a more stable network needed for remote work.
5. Online drive
A google drive equally has similar features with google docs. It can store large volumes of files and documents on the cloud which cannot be easily lost. When sharing the drive with others access can be modified to allow a third party to view and edit the document that was shared.