The employer handbook has become the most popular way for workers to work from home, as more and more companies move away from traditional offices and towards the cloud, Bloomberg reports.
With cloud-based tools like Dropbox and Box, workers can remotely access their files and access social media, among other services.
Crackerbarrier is the first employee-only tool for companies that uses cloud-backed technology, according to a recent report from McKinsey & Co. The firm analyzed more than 8,000 employees from 20 companies and found that only 0.8% of them have access to the workplace via a computer.
“The employer handbooks are a great way for employees to work remotely, but they are limited to certain employees,” said Kevin Shafer, a professor of human resources at Northeastern University.
The employee-focused workbook offers employees a choice of how to access the cloud.
Employees can log into their Google Docs or Dropbox accounts for personal use or connect to the company’s email, phone and web accounts.
For organizations with fewer than 20 employees, the handbook provides a “simple, easy-to-use, free way to access all of your cloud-enabled services, including Office 365, Gmail, Box, Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud-connected services,” according to the report.
The handbook also offers “personalized and customized workflows for employees with specific needs,” according the report, which says employees can access their personal accounts, email, calendar and contacts, and their Google Apps.
For employers looking to boost employee productivity, the Handbook provides an easy way to use multiple computers and devices to collaborate and keep track of important tasks.
Employees have the option of logging into multiple accounts to collaborate, including their Google Drive, Box and Dropbox accounts, or using a cloud-only account.
While this tool is aimed at helping employees stay connected, the report found that employees who use the tool to collaborate are more likely to use it for their own benefit, and are more productive.
Employees who are using the Hand Book for work, for example, are more inclined to stay connected to their teams, are less likely to leave a meeting early, and generally use less of their time.