5 ways working remotely can improve your business
No longer is office work defined by sitting at your desk 9-5, the office has evolved. For a start, your desk can be anywhere; your home, the train, at an event or (sadly) even your holiday sun lounger. With the right tools, you can now securely access emails, applications, files and even your whole desktop from anywhere simply using an internet-enabled device and a reliable internet connection.
With research showing there are significant benefits of remote working for staff and businesses alike, it’s no surprise that more businesses in the UK are adapting to working remotely at an astonishing rate. A recent survey produced by Lancaster University has found that more than half of businesses by the end of 2017 will embrace flexible and remote working.
However, there are still companies out there that are not setup for secure and effective remote working, ultimately leaving themselves open to risk of poor productivity, data loss, security breaches and potentially unhappy employees.
Here are 5 reasons why we think it’s imperative for businesses to be able to work remotely…
1. Maximise your productivity
If you can work anywhere, any place, at any time and on any device, you’re clearly going to increase your productivity. It’s virtually unheard of for a business to have no field-based staff these days, so working remotely has become a necessity. Whether you’re facing a long train journey to visit a customer or at an event in need of some urgent information from the office, remote working can reduce downtime and increase efficiency and effectiveness.
As flexible working options are now standard for many workplaces products like hosted desktops make it possible for staff to maintain and increase productivity away from the traditional office environment. Research by Stanford University has found that remote workers are 13% more productive and take fewer sick days than their office-based colleagues.
2. Happy workers are good employees
Squashed, squeezed and stressed, you’d be hard-pressed to find an employee who actually enjoys their daily commute to the office. According to the UK Office of National Statistics: "Commuters have lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile, lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety on average than non-commuters". Not starting their working day with a lengthy journey crushed into a train or squashed on a bus, remote workers can start their working day peacefully and calmly allowing staff to feel more relaxed and comfortable improving their quality of work. A recent study by the University of Warwick found that happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive.
Not only are happy workers more productive, but they are also more likely to stay with you. A happy employee is a loyal worker; why would you leave if you’re happy? Offering employees, a healthy work / life balance is a great incentive for staff to stay with your business.
3. Making your business a modern, flexible workplace
A recent survey produced by Lancaster University found that by 2020, 70% of businesses are expected to implement remote working. The change in how we go about business and our everyday work life has started and it isn’t about to stop.
Implementing an infrastructure to support remote monitoring will allow you to stay ahead of the competition and not fall behind with the times.
It can also allow you to attract better quality employees. As travel is no excuse it ultimately widens the talent pool and potential employees will always prefer to work in a modern, flexible working environment.
4. Allows your employees to be well connected
Cloud-based products like Microsoft’s Office 365 can keep employees connected from anywhere with a reliable internet connection and can offer them full access to workplace tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
The prevalence of smartphones and social media also means you don't have to be next to someone to communicate effectively. With new business trends like cloud-based products, remote administration and video conferencing are extending the effectiveness of remote working.
5. Remote working is easy and cost effective
Remote working can relieve some of the pressures of office life and reduce the costs at the same time. Hosted desktops used for remote working are much easier to manage than multiple PCs that all need their own applications, software upgrades and licensing. Working remotely, you have easier access to a central dashboard from which user permissions can be set and admin tasks carried out. Making it much easier for you and your IT Managers.
This enables you to maximise productivity from staff that aren’t in the office and know that they can access everything they need in an easy and secure way to complete their task. All of this can also be cost effective as you’ll benefit from reduced capital expenditure as there’s no requirement for expensive on-site servers anymore; instead you’ll be using cloud servers in a secure data centre.
OGL can help…
Remote working isn’t anything new, but with constant technical improvements and the Government’s recent flexible working directive, the acceptance of remote working is starting to become universal and forward-thinking businesses are only going to further increase the number of remote workers in the coming years.
Having been in business for more than 40 years, OGL has seen how the working environment has changed and has of the latest technologies at its disposal to design an infrastructure which enables remote working at a level which is right for your business.
For more information visit: www.ogl.co.uk/remote-working