Welcomm Communications can offer flexible working digital platforms

Could You Function Without An Office For The Day?

Most businesses would struggle to function if their employees were banned from their desk and PCs for the day. Picture it – a sales team trying to photograph contracts to send from their personal phones; customer care teams jotting notes onto hundreds of post-its every time a call comes in; the accounts department trying to draw up invoices by hand and fax them to clients. Potential chaos. 

With this in mind, O2 launched the country’s biggest flexible working pilot where 2,500 people worked away from their Slough head office for the day, using only portable devices to communicate with their team and the outside world. The cloud-based platform, Office365, allowed them to access all their office files and collaborate securely.  The exercise gave O2 employees a chance to experience and realise the benefits of flexible working for themselves, rather than just speaking about them.

The savings that were recognised were incredible. From this flexible working trial, O2 have since reduced their permanent desks and now save up to £3.8 million a year. A further £160,000 has also been saved from closing their overflow car park, reducing an estimated 30 tonnes of CO2 emissions per month and avoiding over 100,000 miles of commuting.

In terms of how the employees felt, the outcome was extremely positive with around 64% of O2 employees now feeling more productive when operating under flexible working conditions and 85% feeling confident in continuing to do so.

This entire project was only possible thanks to O2’s newly strengthened networks and upgraded technology. Nowadays, if you need to work online or communicate with another employee who is half way across the world, you are able to do so.

 “Line managers are used to managing people they can see. Managing them remotely is a completely different thing. Our Pilot on 8th February didn’t solve all of those problems, but it is a good start. We can do a lot more to support line managers in charge of remote teams, but we know it’s not going to happen overnight. We’re educating people about the whole future of work here and there’s still work to be done, but we’re pleased to say this is a fantastic start.” – Ben Dowd, Business Director for O2

Did you know that 75% of companies have a flexible working policy?

Digital services, such as the aforementioned Office365, can improve the way employees collaborate and mobilise their potential to work anywhere, whilst still tightening security and management systems. Due to technology advancing at such a rapid rate, we as businesses and employees need to adapt to these changes and take advantage of the new capabilities that digital, cloud-based products can offer us.

At Welcomm, we offer a wide range of digital enablers which help businesses to work smarter and offer flexible/remote working options to their staff team. Employees can still access company files and communicate across the organisation, thereby staying productive and connected at all times.

These products range from Office 365 which allows documents to be shared across the cloud whilst connecting your office files, calendars and contacts, Box which allows large files to be tracked when they are opened or downloaded and again accessed anywhere on any device; Microsoft Intune which lets your IT team manage all of your business devices from the office to ensure company data is protected and secure.

If you would like to find out how your business could work smarter, call 0800 0646464 for a free business consultation today.

Written By Katie Ford

Keeping your Head in the Cloud: Business Hosted Telephony

 

The age of the traditional business landline is over and set to be cut off in 2025. Technology is advancing rapidly, leaving behind outdated multi-line telephone systems.

Corporate phone lines have long been inconvenient and chaotic; with wires trailing desks and floors, PBX hardware cluttering space and the idea of adding lines or moving premises seeming impossible. Not to mention the costly outlay for equipment, maintenance costs and high monthly call charges.

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Unsightly multi-line traditional system.

Despite all of this, until recently these digital systems were a more advanced way of running several phone numbers through a business with relative speed. But the huge improvements offered by newer Hosted Solutions are rendering the traditional lines redundant.

A Hosted telephone system is web-based so all calls are made through high-speed broadband. Employees will still use desk phones when at the office, and have a designated number for customers to call in on. However, the system sits within a data network centre, the Cloud, so calls no longer need to go through expensive, bulky kit that is based at a company site. The Cloud also offers staff the opportunity to become more mobile within the business as calls can also be taken from anywhere outside of the office, simply by connecting to Wi-Fi. Company managers also have more control as individuals can be given logins for a web-based portal enabling them to access real-time call records, reporting, recording and handling features – without having to task the IT team with the burden. Security is also vastly improved as web-based services benefit from having direct links to the most secure systems on the market and the ability to upgrade these easily with ever-improving technology.

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Traditional multi-line telephony set up compared with modern Hosted VoIP solutions. 

It’s crucial to note that this telephony switch won’t always be a choice. Due to the rise in the popularity and clear benefits of Hosted technology, traditional ISDN phone lines will be switched off by 2025. This will result in many businesses having to upgrade their systems to newer and better alternatives such as Voice over IP Hosted systems.

In light of these developments, Welcomm Communications are offering free places to a Hosted Services seminar taking place during the morning on Thursday 26th May at the National Space Centre. The event will explain in more detail why cloud-based services are at the forefront of innovation, as well as considering how they can offer value to businesses of all sizes. Additionally, there will be talks on digital products which can help a business to work smarter when collaborating between employees and partners, as well as free demonstrations and support on using the products. Also included will be a free tour of the Space Centre and prize draw to win Leicester Tigers hospitality box tickets!

Organisations can sign up for free via the banner below.

Linked In Hosted Event Banner

Written by Keegan Stanton.