The importance of unified telecoms for flexible working
The new flexible working legislation that came in to play recently, will put added pressure on to organisations to respond to flexible working requests. And although this can be a change in culture for many organisations – it doesn’t have to be a daunting process – this flexibility in staff could result in a more agile work force, able to better respond to a changing business world.
Our work patterns are changing, and work life balance is coming to the forefront of employees and employers alike. Happy employees are productive employees, and therefore it makes sense for employers to look at opportunities that empower their staff to manage their work life balance better for them – as an individual.
Research suggests that the results of flexible working legalisation will be more requests for working remotely, Compressed hours and time off in lieu. (source LogMeIn). Whilst this will require a change in culture, it could be the start of something big for organisations. And potentially give SME’s the opportunity to level out the playing field with the big boys.
But how will this work in to the average workplace?
Organisations, especially smaller ones without the current infrastructure may find the switch to flexible working traumatic. But it doesn’t have to be. Unified communications will be the key to providing a seamless service to the customer – regardless of where the employee is. Video conference, mobile telephony, instant messaging, data sharing are all accessible tools that give the user a consistent unified interface and experience across multiple devices and media-types. So no matter where they are they have the same simple and seamless access to the tools they need to do their jobs. And with hosted solutions becoming more available – these solutions are accessible to all regardless of the organisation size.
Video conferencing has been around for many years. But forget the clunky service provided by room systems – where many employees have to travel – sometimes hours – to meet in a room and then connect with others around the globe. Often considered dis jointed conversations plagued by time delays and poor connections. However this is a thing of the past – as is in many cases the requirement for a bespoke video conference room. Hosted video conferencing can bring the use of video into the everyday arena for almost any organisation. There are solutions that utilise desktops, smartphones and tablets, in secure operating environments that keeps subject matters as private as they need to. Working on a joint project? Don’t worry new solutions allow users to edit and collaborate on documents to maintain project team connections.
Flexible working with the right tools will keep teams together, improve communication and help to foster a better balanced work force.