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In the beginning of 2020 a large proportion of the UK found themselves working from home. There was a scramble to enable remote working and keep businesses running in the middle of a lock down. Though many businesses faced challenges with suddenly adapting to this way of working, many found significant advantages of remote working.

Businesses have quickly adapted to remote working and have found that many employees are not only still productive when working from home, but that they are thriving in doing so. As such, we have learnt a valuable lesson – empowering employees to be as productive as possible and home working can exist together.

In a study of 3,500 people, 98% of employees said they would like to work remotely, at least some of the time, for the rest of their careers. This means that we need to consider that working from home doesn’t need to come to an end as the country comes out of lockdown.

But why is this the case? What are the advantages of remote working?

A better work-life balance

For employees, one of the biggest benefits of working from home is the ability to have a flexible schedule. By working from home, employees can work to a schedule that suits both them and their employer – for example, entire days off often aren’t needed for things like doctors’ appointments as they can just take lunch early or adjust their working hours for that day. Around 70% of workers feel that offering flexible working makes a job more attractive to them which shows that this is something employers need to consider moving forward in order to attract the best talent.

Saying goodbye to the commute

The commute to work is often dead time. It’s a set time in a day that an individual can’t be productive. Around 45% of people surveyed spend over an hour commuting a day and research indicates that over half of people surveyed feel increased stress levels during their commute. Freeing up time and reducing stress will help promote productivity and happiness in employees.

Productivity Increase

Slowly, the business world is letting go of the assumption that working from home means not working. Many employees are more productive when working from home and when surveyed in 2019 79% of employees believe that working flexibly would make them more productive.

But what are the disadvantages of remote working and how can we tackle them using technology?

Audio and Video Quality

Coming together from different locations has its challenges and one common challenge is audio and video quality. Utilising free platforms often means lower quality – but does a business have to break the bank to get professional work from home software? Not at all. Solutions such as a hosted telephone system are cost-effective and easy to deploy – they offer a corporate solution without the hefty price tag.

Furthermore, research indicates that remote workers are happier when video is an option. Around 62% of people surveyed believe that virtual meetings are better with video and 64% believe that video helps people stay focused.

Staying Connected

One of the biggest problems that people face with remote working is collaboration and loneliness. The right remote working and collaboration software can address both of these issues.  Collaborate and communicate effectively whilst working and create weekly video call meetups to help increase motivation and reduce feelings of loneliness in a remote team.

Midshire Telecom recommend Collaborate for HostX. This collaboration platform is a one-stop-shop for your communication needs. Call, Instant Message, Video Call, Conference and Document Share all within one platform that is available on PC, Mobile and Tablet. Collaborate keeps employees connected and communicating – making working remotely easier and less lonely.

Managing Teams Remotely

When you’re in the office you can see whats happening in real-time, but how do you get this view when all or part of your team are working remotely? With clever software like Akixi – which gives managers a comprehensive suite of live call reporting statistics – managers can be more confident in their remote team. Akixi provides data on how many calls are received, how many abandoned, how long callers are waiting, who handles which call and more. Managers can identify issues and act on them in real time and they can also get daily, weekly and monthly reports.

Statistics Sources:

State of remote work in 2020
Flexible working in 2019
Flexible working statistics 2017