Hardworking Brits in modern society have always juggled work, social and family commitments; with the common attitude amongst bosses is that those who arrive early and leave late are the ‘best’ workers. With ever increasing demands in our not so forgiving working culture, employees are looking at their options in order to re-address the balance.
Where employers can provide workers with the right resources like software for video calls and manage them well, surely employees should be able to leave the office ‘on time’? Furthermore, where employers are open to the possibility of their staff working flexi-time or remotely, both the company and its staff can reap the benefits and aim for a more productive workforce.
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Flexible and remote working is not seen as such a big deal by companies anymore due to the fact that most employees will have their own equipment to be able to make a seamless transition from time spent in the office to time spent working remotely. In fact, most offices now encourage staff to ‘bring your own device’ to work, since most are delighted to be able to work with their own setup.
Additionally, with technology like video calls available with a simple download, meetings can take place no matter where the attendees are located.
Companies can also invest in cloud services where staff can access, work on and store data all through a secure log in. Using a system like this and going paperless, not only saves physical space in a traditional office, but also the environment. More importantly, it also facilitates the requirement to be able to access information anywhere in the world, again helping to accommodate virtual working and staff collaboration when it comes to project or team work.
With all this technology already existing and improving daily, it is clear to see that companies have the opportunity to and should be more open to allowing flexible and remote working option for their staff. Companies can benefit from reduced overheads for both office space (and associated costs) as well as travel expenditure and also retain happier, more willing staff, who can enjoy the work/life balance they crave.
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