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

Wearable Technology: A Convenience or Necessity?

 

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This modern trend is taking the market by storm: smartwatches making calls, wristbands measuring health and headphones acting as mp3 players. Then there’s the more eccentric designs coming to market, including a brain-scanning device to relax you at work, as well as a muscle pumping chair which helps you to workout at your desk!

The questions remains: is this a fad which will fade with impracticality, or are these gadgets set to become a necessity for business?

Growing trends towards clothing, speakers and fitness accessories are gaining momentum within their corresponding marketplace – but these generally attract consumers. However, one wearable that is selling as a tool which benefits businesses is the highly acclaimed Smartwatch.

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In recent months there has been a surge in Smartwatch popularity for business user across the UK. Designed with professionalism in mind, this device enables a worker to access apps, messages and calls on the go. The world’s leading technology specialists Gartner have predicted an increase in sales of 18.4% to smart wearable’s in 2016, and a 48% increase in smartwatch sales by the end of 2017.

The watches work via a Bluetooth connection from a smartphone, with a usual range of 110-330 feet. You may ask, ‘why would I bother to use this in the office when my phone is with me?’

Efficiency. Alerts and breaking news are extremely quick to digest as a person isn’t distracted by background notifications, as they be would on a smartphone. From viewing your company’s most recent social networking post, to scanning through the latest BBC headline in your business sector, the smartwatch allows an employee to make a split second decision as to whether they need to divide their attention or not. If not, they continue with their work without losing focus.

“You get your information, and you get out.” Business Insider.

Proximity and convenience. The mobile can be left in a draw in the office, or in a bag when meeting with customers. This minimises the chance of becoming too engrossed in one’s phone during important meetings. However if an essential email is suddenly needed, users can quickly access the information on the Smartwatch without keeping a customer waiting or disengaged.

Multi-functionality. Companies who switch between mobiles, tablets and laptops will also see a huge benefit. Simply connect to one device via Bluetooth and a user can access another device at the same time. No cross-over of apps is needed.

Reassurance. You will never miss an important update again as everything comes through in real time without a user having to regularly interrupt their work to check their phone.

“I can be confident of not missing anything important, while removing all the other distractions that soak up my productive time during the day.”Ewan Spence, Forbes.

As a fairly new product in the marketplace, online reviewers have remarked that some individuals have not yet invested in the Smartwatch because they don’t fully understand its use. The technology itself is impressive – with advanced touch screen capability and a responsive interface – but professionals have wondered how it stands to aid work performance.

It’s clear now that the functionality of the device is proving itself to be a valuable tool in business. And as the wearable movement grows, the Smartwatch is fast becoming a necessity.

To find out which wearable technology Welcomm has to offer, please call 01858 410010 or visit Welcomm Contact Us Page.

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