From hunter-gatherers to the first farmers, home was not only where the heart is—it was where the work was done, too. People lived and worked in the same living space to improve life for their tribes/families. The same can be applied now as more and more companies are embracing remote working. Gone is the time when this is a frowned upon activity and viewed with suspicion. Nowadays modern companies are accepting this way of working and reaping the benefits.
Implementing VPN access to the company’s network and giving employees laptops ensures that working remotely is no different to being in the office. Better still, employers should also consider migrating as much of their IT to the cloud as possible. Switching to web-based email and storage and replacing desktop applications with web equivalents (such as Salesforce for CRM, Google Docs or Office 365 for spreadsheets) helps to unify the experience between the office and home.
Making use of web-based communications tools like instant messenger and VoIP also helps to keep employees connected when outside the office and reduce their reliance on email. During COVID-19 we have also seen the massive rise of applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Workspace.
Just the change of scenery, even if it’s just one day a week, can be a refreshing break from the routine and make an employee more creative and productive. Ultimately it comes down to a better work/life balance, which is something everyone should support. After all a happier employee is generally a more loyal and productive employee, so win win!
Of course, working remotely and flexibly isn’t for everyone. Some people need to be in the workplace and for others it may just not suit their preferred way of working. However the workplace and world of work are changing and with our flexible range of products and services and friendly tailored approach iCS are geared up to support your telecoms and networking requirements whatever they are. Get in touch now if you’d like to find out more about how we can help.