When millions of workers were forced to work from home (WFH) because of the pandemic, there were bosses and business owners up and down the country who all shared the same pressing concern – what will this mean to productivity? The general consensus of opinion was that productivity levels would fall because employees would be easily distracted by the comforts of WFH and by family members. Whereas in an office or other place of work they could be monitored, motivated and managed.
Well surprisingly, there was no need for such a pessimistic outlook because as long as they were equipped with the right technology, staff could keep driving the business forward. It’s no secret that working remotely has been one of the biggest productivity boosts of the last 2 years. The number of remote workers in the world has increased by 79% over the past 5 years, and even with the main pandemic over, think tanks are still predicting it will continue to rise. And a UK GOV study in earlier this year suggests that employees who work from home are 14% more productive than those who actually work from the office.
Working environment has changed forever
In addition, with Covid-19 still prevalent, this has radically altered the manner in which individuals want to work and will work. Consequently, regular office based work will never really be the same again. So now, it is important to figure out how to optimise the situation and make sure remote workers are being as effective as they can be. This means using the best technology for all your communication purposes.
From providing business grade internet connections to your home workers, to cloud integration of comm's and data – evaluations across all areas of the business are essential.
When it comes to virtual meetings, flexible work arrangements, and unified communication systems, you can choose custom and flexible solutions that best meet the needs of your business. Cost-effective technology such as voice, mobile, and connectivity are essential at helping your employees and customers work even more effectively together.
But what are the major benefits for employees and employers?
Consolidates communications – by ensuring all staff are using one cohesive platform. It simplifies collaboration by using now standard industry tools. The relatively low cost means it frees up the IT budget - expensive equipment and upgrades are now not required in workplaces.
The latest technology breaks down barriers through open comm's and sharing. The bigger picture means you can think outside the office – Instead of being shackled to the desk, you are now free to develop more connections.
With hours saved from travelling, more physical work is being done, therefore productivity has increased. We may have lost certain office interactions that might help run a business but we lost more of the bad, that stopped it running efficiently.
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