Working from home is a dream for many Britons, and the reality for an increasing number who either work for themselves or for an office that has embraced the flexible workspace. Over 10% of employed adults now work from home at least part time, and we expect that number to increase as offices embrace new technology that makes it easier to communicate and work effectively from any location.
While the South West has the highest work from home rates, at 17.1%, but 13.6% of London workers work from home (and the figure is rising – 193,000 more people work away from the office compared to 10 years ago).
The information and communications industries have the most remote workers, but these industries are also creating tools and technology to help workers. Here are just a few that can help your team work more effectively and even save your business money on office space.
Cloud Printing to Let Your Team Print Anywhere
Cloud printing is a key technology for offices who have a lot of mobile employees or remote workers around the country – rather than mailing contracts in the post or sending email attachments that force people to go and print later, remote workers can easily print from the office printer while still at home. This can increase productivity, streamline your processes, and reduce the amount that employees need to spend on equipment at home if they can still use your office printers regardless of their location.
The best part is that you may not even need to upgrade or change your printer to start printing from the cloud – speak to us about how you can make the most of this opportunity.
VoIP Phones & Video Conferencing
One of the major obstacles to working from home is often not being able to have an office phone number or not being able to have productive conversations with colleagues. Fortunately, VoIP phone systems offer the ability to install phones with your office phone number in any location by just plugging them in. Combined with video conferencing software such as Skype for Business, this means that you can easily collaborate with colleagues who are in the next postcode or even in another country.
Making Work More Social
Businesses have always been cautious about Facebook, both in terms of reputational issues and losing productivity. Fortunately, you can easily make the most of Facebook’s best features without worrying about employees checking out friends’ statuses rather than working by using collaboration tools such as Yammer. The social engagement tool can help teams work together more easily, share ideas, and even improve employee engagement by sharing internal news in a less formal and structured format.
Encouraging employees to work from home more is a great way to save money, improve productivity, and even reduce the number of sick days taken. These tools are just a few ways that your business can make the most of these opportunities.