Why hybrid working helps your business to work smarter

Over the past few years, we have seen a dramatic shift in the way people are working and a greater awareness of the potential productivity and cost-saving benefits of remote or hybrid working. Originally, this was driven out of necessity as businesses adjusted to the restrictions that came with the COVID 19 pandemic, but now that we’re all able to operate normally again are businesses (and their employees) continuing to drive new ways of working?

Hybrid working is here to stay

Back in the early days of the pandemic, experts were already predicting that remote working could be here to stay. For example, research firm Gartner published a report in July 2020 which showed that 82% of business leaders would let staff work from home, and 47% saying it would become a permanent arrangement.

Fast forward a couple of years, and people are still saying that remote working is going nowhere. A survey by the Chartered Institute of Management earlier this year showed continued adoption of hybrid working, with more than 80% of managers still working flexibly.

How to make hybrid work for your business

As we have seen, many businesses are open to the idea of introducing elements of hybrid working, but are concerned about the potential challenges this may present in the longer term. However, the evidence in the market is definitely telling us that the trend will continue and businesses that reject new ways of working could miss out on potential cost savings, productivity improvements and, importantly, find that they are unable to attract the best candidates who are demanding more flexibility.

Technology is the key to smarter working

To be successful, businesses need to have the right systems in place to support hybrid working. If employees are working remotely, they need to be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with their colleagues.

As an example, everyone is now used to using various video conferencing tools for remote meetings – according to Gartner, by 2024, in-person meetings will drop from 60% to 25%, driven by remote work and changing workforce demographics.

In addition to this, workers can use instant messaging, cloud software and shared spaces to stay in touch with each other and work on projects together. And thanks to cloud-based phone lines, they can make and take calls from a single phone number, no matter where they are or which device they’re using. That provides a seamless experience not just for a businesses’ employees but their customers too.

There are lots of different technology solutions available to manage this transition effectively, from wireless cameras that allow businesses to hold more structured ‘corporate’ meetings with multiple people, but without being on separate devices or the distractions of colleagues on other calls. Or headsets with simple lighting systems that allow people to instantly see when colleagues are contactable, and managers to manage workflow effectively. You can even manage communications via mobile apps, highlighting that we don’t need to take heavy laptops or additional equipment when working remotely.

However, it’s important to make sure that you have the right infrastructure in place to manage this technology effectively and ensure business continuity. The imminent BT Openreach Switch Off of traditional PSTN connections has highlighted that 2.4m SME businesses in the UK are still using old analogue lines for their communications, affecting not only their telephone systems, but also potentially impacting other essential services such as alarms, lifts, CCTV and even street lighting.

This challenge presents an ideal opportunity to review your current systems and consider what you need for continued success in the future. It’s important to make sure that you work with an experienced communications partner such as Aonix Limited that really understands your challenges and can help your business to grow. Business leaders all over the UK have been trusting Aonix Limited for over 40 years to help them find better, smarter ways of working. With a combination of services all under one roof, including technical expertise, strategic insight and customer-focused support, our cloud-based communication systems help to set the agenda for growth and success in a new, hybrid and flexible, modern working world.

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