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

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Welcomm Communications can offer lower energy rates for your business

Brexit and Protecting your Business Energy Costs

Ofgem state, “73% of businesses are out of contract and paying higher run-on-rates of up to 40% more than energy prices in the market at the moment”

Towards the start of the year we discovered that Welcomm were paying an extortionate rate of 50% over the current market price for our electricity. When considering the amount of electricity our computers and servers use on a daily basis, this saving racked up to 1000s of pounds over a year period. This will undoubtedly make a huge difference to Welcomm’s end of year figures and help raise our profits.

So this resulted in an exciting new venture from Welcomm. We added Energy to our portfolio of services offering gas and electricity savings reviews to our customer base to see if we can help them save money too. This discovery made us think about how many other companies are also overspending each year, unnecessarily.

The Oil Industry

As you may be aware, the UK energy prices are directly affected by the commodity market price of oil.

Oil prices have been steadily increasing from an all decade low since last November (see the graph below). According to the Telegraph, Market Experts at ICIS said the price of gas increased by 29% over the second quarter, while wholesale electricity prices rose 25%; this is due to a significant collapse in the value of the pound.

The increase in oil prices since all decade low following Brexit results

A Graph to Show The Fluctuation In Oil Prices

The recent Brexit result has also added a further degree of uncertainty around what this could mean for energy many businesses are concerned that oil prices will increase as we leave the EU, having a huge impact on their annual spend. Although we cannot predict what will happen, we can help control your business costs reviewing your current bills, comparing these to the cheaper tariffs that are available right now and locking in lower prices for the next 5 years. Then, no matter what Brexit brings, your finances will be safe.

Welcomm Energy are offering businesses a free energy audit to find them the best deal available from the top 12 UK energy suppliers. We will then help you to switch with minimal hassle. We regularly save our customers 10-50% in their gas and electricity bills, enabling them to re-invest this capital into growing their businesses.

If you want the reassurance of knowing you are paying the best rates for your gas and electricity from an unbiased, independent source simply call our friendly Energy Team on 0800 064 64 64 or email nicola.bingley@welcomm.co.uk for your free audit.

                                                         Written by Katie Ford