By Hollie Boyd, Sales & Marketing Coordinator
The last few weeks has seen a global Pandemic change the world, possibly forever. Covid-19 has immersed every news channel, newspaper and social media platform. Our lives and routines have changed dramatically with isolation and social distancing rules being recommended and then enforced. Schools across the nation closed leaving some students unable to complete GCSEs and A-Levels. Businesses across the UK were forced to close their doors with the sad reality of some never being able to reopen. The Government promptly offered lifelines in the form of business grants and furlough to save unemployment figures from rising and businesses closing. Numerous businesses are persevering with employees working remotely and safely from their homes. With the uncertainty of when society will return to what we once knew – I ask, will remote home working end up replacing the office?
WFH – Working From Home
Working from home (or WFH for those who like a hashtag) is not a new concept for some. 2019 statistics showed across the globe, working from home and remote locations had grown 159% since 2005, more than 11x faster than the rest of the workforce. Flexible working conditions are seen to be one of the main benefits for those seeking new roles. Employers are eager to recruit exceptional talent to set them above competitors. Being able to find that anywhere in the world, instead of being limited to a small radius is proving valuable. But just how easy is it to set up the office remotely?
Channel Comms has been providing telecoms solutions since the 1980’s. Innovation and outstanding support has been key to staying ahead of competitors and providing the best tailored solutions to businesses for decades. So, it should come as no surprise when the government ordered businesses who could work from home, to do so, we were ready to continue business as usual from the safety of our homes. Using Channel Comms Cloud system, we were just one login away from picking up where we left off.
A video conferencing system right at your desk…No need to go to the conference room, no need to install any additional hardware or software components. We can share our desktop, documents and applications whist in conversation, as if we were in the office hovering around a colleague’s desk. We didn’t need to cancel meetings with clients and partners instead we simply emailed them a link inviting them to a video conference. Team meetings (and lunches!) continue via video, which is vital to keep morale up and to support one another. A recent study showed 62% of remote workers want employers to invest in better technology to enable them to stay connected with colleagues. And it’s as easy to transfer back in to the office, that’s why we call it the 360 Remote Working Solution.
Companies who can thrive when working remotely will begin to re-consider the need to move back into the office. Overheads on large offices have been an unavoidable cost until recently. USA statistics in 2019 showed an estimated saving of $4.5 trillion per year, in the US alone, as a direct result of remote working by 2030. This comes due to improving productivity, reducing fixed overheads and increasing agility. Now, I appreciate these figures are outdated due to Covid-19 and the impact it will have on the economy, but it shows an insight into how the business world is evolving. We have been forced into remote home working almost overnight but as we are all settling into this new environment we start to think, do we ever need to return to the office full-time?