MiCloud Flex remote working keeps business afloat during COVID and isn’t going away. Organisations should prepare now for a more flexible future
Is the cat out of the bag when it comes to remote working? Many experts seem to think so. According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), social distancing measures adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic meant that nearly half of the UK workforce was working from home in the middle of lockdown. Many of us still are.
The pandemic has already forced some companies to reassess their need for office space altogether. Meanwhile, others reach the obvious conclusion that smaller offices and more consistent remote working strategies would save significant amounts of money.
On the flip side of the coin, employees have long considered flexible working as an important benefit. LinkedIn’s 2019 Global Talent Trends report reveals that 75% of UK hiring professionals thought flexible working would be ‘very or extremely important’ in future. Moreover, 84% say that it helps remote workers maintain a better work-life balance.
Indeed, more employees feel the benefits of home working during COVID. As a result, the pressure for more generous flexible working strategies is only likely to grow.
MiCloud Flex: Remote working not an easy option
Enabling remote workforces, for at least some of the time, seems like a great solution to these current challenges. But as many businesses found during the lockdown, it’s not always as simple as it seems. As the ONS states:
“The extent to which remote employees can work from home depends on the specific physical environment, tools, or proximity to other people are required for the role. The technological capability of employers and employees also needs to be high enough to efficiently enable home working.”
In theory, most office-based workers can work remotely. But working from home and working productively from home is not the same thing. It’s easy to set someone up with a laptop and an internet connection and tell them to get on with it. It’s trickier to equip them with the tools they need to do the job as well from home as they could from the office.
What might an employee need to thrive away from the workplace? Ideally, their homeworking setup will emulate the office environment as much as possible. Most importantly, workers will need access to the same applications, data and information as they have at work, as well as a reliable public internet connection.
Communications and Collaboration
In particular, remote workers need to be able to communicate and collaborate efficiently wherever they are. That means that all of their devices need:
- team collaboration tools like document sharing.
- voice and video conferencing;
- text, and;
If that sounds like quite a challenge, the good news is that it needn’t be. Unicomm delivers and supports Mitel’s industry-leading cloud-based MiCloud Flex business communications system. MiCloud Flex boasts a comprehensive suite of remote work & collaboration tools within its MiTeam Meetings, which can be downloaded on to mobile devices.
MiTeam Meetings is designed to help businesses work more efficiently when staff work remotely. It enhances workplace communications with seamless transitions between telephony, video and chat capabilities. Accordingly, you’re offering an engaging and interactive remote collaboration experience – regardless of user location.
A Consistent Experience
And because MiCloud Flex lives in the cloud, your staff have access to the same applications, data and information on any device they choose to use. Your working week takes your staff from a hotdesk in the office. Then into a back bedroom at home, to the coffee shop down the street. But regardless, the same exceptional Mitel experience goes with them wherever they decide to get the job done.
Setting remote employees up with MiCloud Flex and MiTeam Meetings does wonders for remote working capabilities. Instantly, you’re doing more than giving them the tools they need to do their jobs effectively. You’re encouraging a flexible working company culture.
It’s a move that says to your teams that you support them in their efforts to be as productive and collaborative as possible, wherever they physically happen to be. It’s the sort of forward-thinking mindset that will stand you in good stead during the long tail of the COVID pandemic, and in all probability long after that as well.
We’ve condensed this blog into 5 tips to enable better remote working for your team, which you can check out below. Or better yet, if you want a consistent, flexible and productive communications solution, get in touch with our team today. Discover how Unicomm and Mitel’s MiCloud Flex platform can help your business thrive!