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How to Enable Flexible Working for Your Company

How to Enable Flexible Working for Your Company

More and more companies are adopting flexible work conditions, allowing for employees to work both at the office and remotely.

If your company is transitioning to flexible work, or considering the transition, there are some things you can do to make tasks more efficient no matter where the work is being completed.

 

What are the benefits of flexible working?

 

Flexible working gives employees the opportunity to either work in the office with their colleagues or work from anywhere. This in itself is a huge benefit, but there are other benefits as well.

According to the Gartner 2021 Digital Worker Experience Survey, 43% of respondents report that having flexibility in working hours helped them achieve greater productivity. 30% said that less or no time spent commuting to work enabled them to be more productive. This is a win-win for both the employer and employee!

 

How can I make flexible work tasks more efficient?

 

When making the adjustment to allow your employees to choose their work environment, you should also take into account the technology to be used. Your employees will be depending on you for a reliable internet connection, telecommunications setup, and more.

Luckily, there are a few solutions you can implement to fulfill their work needs.

 

1. Dedicated fibre optic lines

When employees are switching between completing work tasks, logging onto yet another Zoom meeting (it seems those are here to stay), writing emails, working on documents, files, etc., they’ll need a high-speed, reliable internet connection.

Standard broadband just isn’t fast enough for these tasks.

With a broadband connection, you are using shared infrastructure to transmit data. One common challenge many employees face when working remotely is having to share bandwidth with others also working remotely in the household, delaying internet speed.

With a fibre optic leased line, the pipeline will only belong to your organisation and the travelling data will not compete with anyone else’s. The data will be able to get to its destination faster and more securely with a direct connection from home to your business premises.

 

2. Hosted phone system

If an employee chooses to work remotely for a day, they will most likely not want to lug their desk phone back and forth between locations — which is why a hosted phone system will greatly benefit your business.

A hosted VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) enables workers to use their office phone extension anywhere, either with a physical phone or via a mobile app. This way, your staff won’t be missing out on phone calls and they can also work smarter, faster and more productively.

 

3. Hosted desktop

Transporting a work computer to and from the office just isn’t efficient for your staff and can become quite annoying. Switching to a hosted desktop allows your team to run a Microsoft Windows PC in the cloud. They will be able to securely access the desktop via the internet from anywhere at any time.

 

 

Making the switch to flexible working conditions?

At Nxcoms, we want to make your technology transition as seamless as possible. Give us a call on 0161 711 1100 or email us at info@nxcoms.co.uk. Together, we can find the right tech solutions for your organisation.

 

 

Key takeaways:

 

  • With a fibre optic leased line, the pipeline will only belong to your organisation and the travelling data will not compete with anyone else’s.
  • A hosted VoIP system enables workers to use their office phone extension anywhere.
  • Switching to a hosted desktop allows your team to run a Microsoft Windows PC in the cloud.
Forget Working From Home…… Work From Anywhere Instead!

Forget Working From Home…… Work From Anywhere Instead!

If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s that it pays to be flexible. With a little ingenuity and agility, remote working has allowed many to carry on with business as usual. Even those previously skeptical of working from home policies are now – understandably – converts.
But with more reaping the benefits, we believe that when lockdown eases, individuals will not just seek out opportunities to work from home but wherever it suits them.

Here, we explore how you can enable your team to do just that…

 

Keep connected with dedicated broadband

Now, it’s all well and good having a PC upstairs but if your employee’s presence on a Zoom conference is little more than a blur, you’re not exactly running at full capacity. Trouble is, most home set-ups have standard wireless connection meaning that full capacity isn’t always possible. That’s where a dedicated second broadband line comes in. No longer will you have to contend with the kids for connection while they’re playing games or watching videos. There are some circumstances where a second broadband connection isn’t available. But, if this is what’s stopping you from staying connected, we’ll provide a 4G router instead.

 

Ensure security with remote desktops

Back to your employee’s computers for a second… ask yourself, do you want your data stored on them? And, we’re not accusing your team of corporate espionage. Your employee’s devices are much easier to hack into than what you have in the office. After all, they’ll likely have varying levels of cybersecurity – and, in some cases, none at all. Remote desktops reduce your data exposure instantly. Your employees simply log into their computers, then into a portal that securely gives them access to their work computer. The result? All their files are now within reach and your data remains under lock and key – regardless of where they are or what their internet connection is like.

 

Free up resources with cloud software

If installing remote desktops has helped strengthen your team, why stop there? You’ve only just dipped your toe into the cloud water. Cloud is much more convenient – and cost-effective – for businesses. The way it’s delivered, in comparison to hardware, means that your usage often determines your bill. So if you’ve battened down the hatches these past few months, cloud allows you to minimise your infrastructure costs and dedicate money elsewhere. What’s more, data will be more secure, users will have even greater flexibility, and you’ll effectively be future-proofing your business all at the same time.

 

How we can help

At Nxcoms, we’re passionate about getting you back on track. Our experts are capable of not only setting up any of the above solutions, but also ensuring that they actually make a difference in your workplace – wherever that may be. Simply get in touch with a member of our team on 0161 711 1100, or email info@nxcoms.co.uk today.

 

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