In a timely new piece from Damian Hanson, Co-Founder & Director of CircleLoop, we learn what it takes to put wellbeing first while working from home during the holidays.
Enabling remote working has become a top priority once again as the government has encouraged people to work from home under Plan B restrictions. These times continue to cause business issues, but the remote working model has become increasingly popular to save running costs for businesses while allowing greater work flexibility for employees.
Moving forward, continuing to adopt a hybrid working model will be favourable to allow the adaptability of flexible working for employees. Preventing workforce burnout will be a key matter to consider for those who have found it difficult not to blur the lines between work and home.
In the meantime, organisations will be looking to continue to improve their remote working capabilities, especially now as we get closer to the festive season and people look to strike a work-life balance over Christmas. Identifying the correct tools for remote working will be vital to encourage the healthiest work-life balance for employees possible.
Helping Remote Employees With the Right Remote Tools
With physical office presence no longer being a necessity, communication remains key to business operations and success. Closing the office over Christmas is now an easy possibility compared to life before the pandemic. However, being able to measure the effectiveness of your team and ensuring that their well-being and productivity are measurable is one of the many things that need to be considered.
Updating your technology with the cloud is just one way to make project collaborations easier. However, it will be important to provide your employees the same one-on-one time and brainstorming opportunities similar to if they were in the office to ensure they are not feeling neglected and isolated.
At a time where people can work from anywhere, as obvious as it may seem, respecting an employee’s availability via their online status will be key to recognising boundaries and respecting the wishes of your staff. As businesses, we need to recognise that it’s just as important to have time away from your screen as it is to work productively, and many cloud-technology products, like CircleLoop, have built this into their products as a result.
There is no doubt that cloud-based communications have opened the door for a hybrid workforce. However, businesses still crave the team interaction that the office is best suited for. In the age of Zoom fatigue and remote burnout, this means that your strategy may have to change from time to time. It’s important to consider the additional perks of cloud-based technology, whilst also ensuring that business provides a human element in a digital workspace.
The Evolution of Cloud-Based Phone Systems
With the number of different cloud-based technologies on offer, the cloud-based communication industry empowered employees to stay connected and productive from wherever they decide to work.
Cloud-based phone systems, for example, provide complete flexibility because they can be used over the internet from anywhere, at any time, whereas a traditional phone system can only be used in the building it’s set up in. You can’t typically use traditional phone systems externally or from another location which adds to the importance of having a model that works for the hybrid-working approach.
Cloud-based technology also focuses on the advance of features that would otherwise become obsolete to encourage businesses to continue to upgrade their systems and future-proof their technology. With the switchover of traditional phone lines and infrastructures that work on ISDN and PSTN coming in 2025, businesses will have to invest in alternatives and consider their options sooner rather than later while there is still plenty of time to adapt to the cloud.
The Future of Cloud-Based Technology for Better Employee Wellbeing
We have seen strong demand for cloud-based systems during the pandemic as it works from anywhere which supports the hybrid or remote working model. It’s also very easy to set up and get running which has been a huge benefit to any business switching from office-based work to remote.
Cloud-based technology is becoming the future of business and has become a popular option because of its long list of benefits. Flexibility, cost savings, increased productivity, speed, performance, and security capabilities are also pros to using this technology versus traditional phone systems.
In addition, many new business apps and platforms are already being integrated with cloud-based phone systems to make the day-to-day work even easier. This technology is now a part of major business innovations that will change how we see the office space forever. Being an adaptable business in 2022 and beyond, is about supporting remote working but also offering employees the opportunity to work in the office as much as they want.
Cloud-based business tools are not only here to stay, but they are here to enhance the lives of employees for the foreseeable future. The futuristic work structure relies heavily on cloud-based tools. I believe this is a concept that will improve the livelihood of both employees and businesses simultaneously in the long term.
Also, with the great resignation impacting businesses across the country, using cloud-based tools to adopt hybrid working models will be vital to attract and retain talent. Employees are increasingly more focused on their health, and businesses offering flexible working and developing future-proof business structures with the cloud will stand the tests of time.
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Co-Founder and Director, CircleLoop
Damian Hanson is the Co-Founder and Director of CircleLoop, a cloud-based business phone system making waves in the telecoms sector by offering SMEs a more modern, flexible approach to telephony. CircleLoop is now servicing roughly 4,000 SME customers within the UK and has positioned itself as a ‘Digital-Led Challenger’ telco.