The working model is changing globally, with remote, work-from-home, and hybrid systems replacing the traditional in-office work regime, benefiting both employers and employees. This change is a direct result of the pandemic outbreak, which lasted for well over four long years. This new culture emerged to effectively stop the spread of COVID-19 through physical contact in office premises and continue the business process.
Against this backdrop, the hybrid work culture may stay, as it has proved to be quite effective in continuing the business, cutting costs of day-to-day running of offices.
Cisco Systems conducted a Global Hybrid Work Study in 2022. They found that more than three-quarters of respondents (78%) believe hybrid and remote working has improved all aspects of well-being, empowering employees to take care of their full selves in their roles at work and beyond their jobs.
This new normal work culture has given rise to the importance of your digital business card. You require it if you are running a business to create a digital database of your existing and future clientele. If you are working remotely, you also require it to create a network. You can digitally mail many of your e-cards to companies if you are looking for a change. In any case, the contactless exchange of digital cards has assumed great significance given the drastic switchover from the traditional in-office work culture to the remote work regime.
Importance of Remote Collaboration Tools
Digital business cards can be a compelling tool for remote collaboration in business and employment. The permanent digital storage of all details of companies, products, services, and employees working remotely can greatly help you run your organization.
Recent innovations and technological advancements have helped develop and discover different remote collaboration tools. We are listing below five points about the importance of remote collaboration tools:
Virtual Collaboration and Communication:
- Technological platforms for holding regular virtual meetings.
- Sales teams are given targets.
- Teamwork is defined at regular intervals.
- Informing the team about the sales target and strategy to be followed.
- Performance Improvement plans for individual employees are given (if the employee lags behind the target).
Real-Time Face-to-Face Interaction:
Interaction is essential for any workplace. With technological improvement, this has become simpler. You can use robotics technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. It is important to note that the geography or location of the employee is not at all important. The employee can be remotely placed, but face-to-face interaction can continue.
Holding In-house Conferences:
Regular video conferences can be held to inform remote employees about the latest commodities or services introduced by the company. Through online screen sharing, employees working remotely can learn all about the new products and collaborative arrangements made to promote such products. For this, workplace attendance is not needed.
Various project management tools could be used to monitor the tasks given to employees working remotely. Almost all companies provide a centralized platform for office teams for these purposes:
- Give sales targets or task settings.
- Daily or weekly progress of tasks (with the deadline in view).
- Collaboration and progress monitoring.
You can share information and documents online/onscreen. Cloud-based document-sharing tools can be used for this purpose. The presentation of documents can be real-time.
Importance of Digital Business Cards in Remote Work Environment
Remote work in business places has added tremendous importance to creatively designing digital business cards to advertise your brand and conduct robust online marketing. Following are the five points that show the importance of digital cards in the remote work environment:
All Contacts in Your Grip
Your Android mobile handset can function as your mini-office. Since you have stored all contacts in your mobile phone (or laptop/PC/Tablet), you can carry out a sales campaign virtually. This is a major facility as you don’t have to run through hundreds of physical paper-made cards to zero in on a company or person you want to pitch for sales of your service or commodity. You can find out the desired person or company within seconds and be online talking to them.
Add Steam to Your Business Strategy
In this era, when you have the facility of VR/AR (Virtual and Augmented Reality) technology, you can streamline your business remotely and assign your remote staff members to follow it. VR/AR is a system particularly suited for business collaborations and keeping all staff members in the loop.
Collaborative Work-Life Integration
In this regard, your digital card can be very helpful as you can know from your digitally stored database which is posted where or who works remotely in which city. To seamlessly integrate work and life, your database can be a major collaborative tool.
Effective Public Relations
Information is power. This is true in the field of corporate public relations. Even as remote work culture spreads, the business and sales spaces are getting crowded. Your best tool to optimize your sales depends on your effective way of conducting regular public relations. In this regard, your information or contact database can be your real power.
Sourcing Goods & Services
Your business may need to source various commodities and services. For this, your information databank created out of the digital cards you have received online (and sent as an act of reciprocity) can be your great asset. You can immediately contact the supplier if you want to source a particular service or commodity.
In view of the prevalence of neo-normal hybrid work, communication has assumed a very significant role. For this, you require contact numbers. If you have a database of business cards made digitally and also stored digitally, your swiftness to contact the required person becomes very easy. This can also help you in getting quick feedback from the person or company you have already contacted. You don’t need to physically visit an office for your business or job. You can execute all your office work remotely and also make trade queries if you are in a sales business.