Attitudes towards remote working have shifted greatly as the majority of the UK’s work force has faced working from home over the past two months. In April 2020, statistics released by the UK’s Office for National Statistics showed 49.2% of adults in employment were working from home, as a result of the social distancing measures introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Over this time, long held misconceptions about remote working have changed. Executives and managers that were once dubious if “real work” could be achieved outside of the office, now realise the benefits that working from home has on their employee’s productivity, mental health and team collaboration.
Many companies are now asking the question, do we need to return to the office? If businesses are able to carry out the work from home then why do they need to continue to pay for costly office premises? Savvy companies are now planning how they can make the remote working model a permanent part of their business future post Covid-19. Employees are already asking for the choice to work remotely after the lock down is lifted. More than half of Britons would like to work from home more often after the crisis and around a third say the ability to work at home will be a factor when they next seek a new job. Experts predict that by the end of 2020 that half of the workforce will be working remotely.
Thanks to improving network capabilities the ability to work from home is viable. Employees are able to access work documents through the cloud and connect to fast broadband. However, many employees aren’t able to communicate with their teams effectively. Businesses are failing to implement phone systems that are vital to keep their teams collaborating together as they work remotely. In this article we’ll look at the different cloud communication solutions that are available to businesses which support remote working.
Let’s take a look at the different cloud remote working phone solutions that your business could opt for.
⦁ Soft phone mobile Apps
Soft Phone Mobile App acts like your desk phone in your pocket. It operates using an internet connection meaning you can work virtually anywhere. The app allows you to work professionally by hosting conference calls, sync business contacts and more.
⦁ Plug and Play handsets
Plug and play handsets are perfect for office and home workers. Handsets can be plugged in and used anywhere without losing business features like hunt groups or call queues.
⦁ Hot Desking
Hot Desking is perfect for employees who work in multiple locations or spaces. Employees log into a shared phone that immediately behaves like their own extension. They can make and receive calls, check their messages and more.
⦁ Virtual conference rooms
Host secure virtual meetings using conference rooms so employees can collaborate effectively wherever they are. Conference rooms can also be optionally recorded to be played back at a later time for employees who miss or need to refer back to the meeting.
With many remote working solutions available we suggest that you contact us for more information or advice. We’re happy to discuss our solutions with you.
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