UPDATE: With the COVID-19 outbreak, a large portion of office workers experienced a large portion of two years working remotely or had switched to flexible working. This made it clear that it was entirely possible to maintain this and still keep the work levels and productivity at a high. We have found that the introduction of proper video conferencing solutions has helped to keep everyone involved even when working remotely, and helped to keep productivity levels high.
As we approach the return to office, it’s inevitable that there will be many changes to the way that we work. Flexible working will now be a preferred way of working for many employees and businesses.
Small and large businesses alike are now recognising the benefits associated with flexible working, but with this also the challenges associated with a flexible and dispersed workforce – engagement, collaboration, isolation and communication.
Video conferencing solutions are paving the way to a more flexible way of working. Video conferencing software allows you and your employees to have a much greater degree of flexibility, which is often linked to higher employee retention and more job satisfaction.
Increased flexibility also allows you to operate in a more agile way, empowering you to make decisions more quickly and get the information you need to stay ahead of your competition. Employees can tune in to meetings when they’re at home, even if they’re on maternity leave or recovering from surgery. If you have employees who have to travel for training or sales, they can still feel connected to the rest of the team back at the office.
A perfect companion to remote working
Remote working is here to stay and ensuring that you have the infrastructure in place for a flexible working model will not only make your company a more desirable place to work, but you’ll have an advantage over competitors.
Bridging distance with professional video conferencing solutions provides the visual connection between employees and customers, but video on its own cannot replace all of the features of an in-person meeting, or can it?
Having the ability to share information with colleagues and view spreadsheets and documents, creates that feeling of collaboration. Collaborations tools now integrated with video conferencing solutions allow employees to share documents and work on the same drawings in real-time, giving you and your employees the opportunity to collaborate remotely, globally and more effectively, no matter where you are located, or what device you are using.
The future of business
As well as being able to transcend boundaries between businesses, geographical limitations will also be overcome for individual workers. Workers who want to work from home will be able to. The technology already exists for individual customers to work from home. They can hold boardroom meetings from the comfort of their sofas, for example.
In terms of productivity, video conferencing and online collaboration could eliminate the conventional working day. People will have the option of working to a schedule that suits them. For example, some people work better in the mornings than they do in the afternoons. By removing commuting time, these workers will be able to get to work in a matter of minutes.
Remark Group have over 25 years of experience in conferencing solutions, we always pride ourselves in a high standard of installations and work with your company from the initial concept all the way through to the installation and training of the solutions.