Don’t we all want to avoid that rush and start the day with a relaxing shower and enjoy breakfast? If you have the option to work from home, it can save you a lot of time. Apart from that, working from home has a lot more benefits, both for employees and for businesses.
Giving your employees the option to work from home can build trust and they can become more engaged. But to enable that, you need to make sure you have the right infrastructure and tools in place.
The “National Work From Home Day” is being celebrated on 19 May this year. Read this advice to see how you can make the most out of it.
What are the benefits?
The Digital Workspace makes working from home very easy. The Digital Workspace is a collection of evolving technologies designed around your user’s needs that will give them the space and freedom to work securely anywhere and on any device. It optimises their experience and engagement with the tools and resources they need to help them be more effective and productive.The most important benefits of Working From Home are:
- Work wherever you are on any device – Work from any place where you get most motivated and inspired. Also, avoid traffic, less time commuting and save money on public transport/petrol
- Optimise experience and engagement with the tools and resources – Allow your employees to easily find and collaborate on documents, communicate easily and get on with their working day all from one easy-to-use interface
- Work/life balance – having flexible work hours, spending less time commuting
- Increases productivity – according to a Standford study, 13% of employees who work from home are more productive. There is less distraction than at the office.
- The Cloud - We are offering cloud solutions such as Office 365. That means your documents, email, calendars, contacts, IM, online meetings and team sites come with you. So, the files you were working on back at the office are the same files you're working on right now.
Work from anywhere on any device
We at ClearPeople are using all the great tools of Office 365, which allows users to work on their own devices, wherever they are.
Email – built with Exchange email technology, you can send messages up to 25MB in size from your PC or phone.
Private social networking and collaboration – Yammer is the social network that comes as standard with Office 365. It helps you and your team to stay on top of it all, share information with the right people, get a quick answer to your question or praise your co-workers. Yammer will keep teams connected.
Document Management – it is all about storing and sharing documents. Everything is on the cloud, which means that the document you were working on back at the office can be accessed from home or anywhere else. What’s more, you and your colleagues can work on the same document at the same time very easily, being able to track the changes being made in real-time.
Online Meetings – with Skype for Business, an instant messaging and video conferencing application used for communicating with colleagues, you can engage with your team faster and in a more personal way.
What can the Digital Workspace bring for your business?
The Digital Workspace can save your business money in the long term. You might also be interested in this whitepaper, exploring how technology, culture and design interact in the Digital Workspace.
Less overhead costs – having your employees working remotely means less overhead costs such as IT infrastructure expenses, office supplies and extra office space. According to a Forbes magazine report, American Express has not only improved employee productivity, but also saved between $10- $15 million annually in real estate costs.
Hire the best employees from all over the world – By allowing employees to work remotely, you can hire the best employees from all over the world.
Productive and efficient employees – at home your employees will have less distractions, which enables them to focus better on their work. Also, fewer breaks and fewer sick days can be the reason to boost productivity and efficiency.
Satisfied and engaged employees – tools like Skype for Business and Yammer help employees stay connected with their colleagues. According to Harvard Business Review, 87% of remote workers feel more connected through the use of video conferencing.
We at ClearPeople have already implemented the WFH protocol. Working from home gives me freedom and flexibility to plan my work life and personal life; I avoid the traffic jam in the morning which saves me time, and avoid the distractions at work which enables me to focus on what I need to do and be more productive.
Do you think you and your employees can also reap these benefits? Talk to one of our experienced Consultagents today on how to make the best decisions for your new Digital Workspace.