Is the Physical Office a Dying Art?

With Modern Networks, You Can Support Collaboration & Communication Across Borders

The ability to collaborate with team members at a distance is a powerful concept that’s not only completely doable – but expected by a growing number of workers. Collaboration is more than just technology, it’s a mindset that’s being adopted in a multitude of industries, offering a lot of benefits for both businesses and employees. Since real estate is expensive, it often makes more sense for companies to provide telecommunication and/or co-working spaces to maximize productivity.

Polycom conducted a global study called “The Human Face of Remote Working”, which sought to uncover the new remote office workplace mentality. The study queried over 25,000 employees and the results were astoundingly positive. Nearly all (98%) of employees agreed that an ‘anywhere approach’ to working boosts productivity because it allows workers to choose locations where they’re most productive.

It’s studies like this one that support the argument that the traditional office may soon be a thing of the past. Almost 3 out of 4 employees said their offices offered flexible hours and over 30% work remotely on a regular basis.

Collaboration Benefits for Businesses

  • Reduce Costs: When employees are able to work from anywhere at anytime, it allows companies to shrink their physical footprint and reinvest money spent on real estate towards investing in the wellbeing of their employees and new technologies that foster productivity.
  • Broaden Your Hiring Pool: Collaboration tools yield more opportunity for hiring remote workers, which is a big competitive advantage for companies looking for specific talent to join their workforce. Depending on where your business is located, it might be difficult to find employees in your area that meet specific qualifications and experience levels. When you set up your office for telecommuting, you can expand your hiring pool to a global level.
  • Increased Efficiency: It pays to invest in your employees. Studies prove that a happy team is more productive. Offering staff the option to work when and where they want increases morale, and allows for workers to choose their most efficient time and place to work. It’s a simple recipe that generates increased productivity.

Support Collaboration With The Right Technology

Modern networks can’t just serve one location any more. As workforces spread out, ensuring everyone has fast, secure access can become a challenge. Consider adding the following to your toolbox:

Managed Router:

With a professionally managed and configured router you can reduce outages and ensure high performance, even as your network grows and becomes more complex. With modern equipment you can eliminate the need for VPN and ensure that all your remote workers are equipped with high-speed connectivity – while maintaining your security standards.

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS)

With an integrated platform of chat, video, & voice – available across different devices – you can ensure that communication between your team and with your clients is a seamless process.

Managed Colocation:

If you want to eliminate your head office entirely, equipment can be hosted at data centres and services delivered anywhere you need them.

Cloud Computing:

With fast and secure access, delivering your applications and file access through cloud providers can be practical and convenient. Review your data storage compliance requirements when considering your options.

Is Your Business Equipped For Success?

Book a consultation with an iTel expert to find out if your business is utilizing the right tools to support the high quality collaboration and communication that remote workers need to thrive.

Contact us today to get started

More From the Blog