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Is your business ready for hybrid working?

Posted on 08th September 2020 at 09:15

The coronavirus pandemic, by necessity, pushed many businesses into adopting home working. And technologies such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom became a mainstay of many people’s working lives as a result.

But although the UK is now emerging from lockdown and many staff are returning to their offices, it appears that employers’ and employees’ mindsets have in many cases been changed – and that ‘hybrid working’ could be here to stay.

What is hybrid working?

Hybrid working is a combination of remote, semi-remote and office-based working. Employees might work from home for part of the week and work from the office on other days, or split the day between working at a company HQ and working from another location.

Hybrid working isn’t for every company. But the advantages to the hybrid working model are broad and include:

When implemented correctly, hybrid working can increase efficiency and productivity, while potentially saving businesses money on office costs in the long term.

A recent survey by Adecco Group UK and Ireland, entitled Resetting Normal: Defining the New Era of Work, found that 77% of employees would prefer hybrid working, whilst 79% thought it was important that their company implemented more flexibility in how and where staff can work.

In addition, a recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development  (CIPD) reported that employers expect that the proportion of people working from home on a regular basis once the Coronavirus crisis is over will increase to 37 per cent compared to 18 per cent before the pandemic.

How can you implement hybrid working?

If you are thinking about implementing a hybrid working model in your business, we can help…

Cloud Software

With cloud software solutions available through Cellular Solutions, your team can access applications, share documents, collaborate and work efficiently and productively, wherever there is an internet connection. We can seamlessly integrate these solutions into your business.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 brings together Office apps, intelligent cloud services and advanced security. It gives your team the ability to work anywhere from any device and allows employees to easily connect to the people, information and content they need to work. You can also streamline processes with tools that improve the way you manage your business.

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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams enables your team to make video and voice calls, as well as use a chat function, from wherever they are working. It’s a highly effective tool for hybrid working and is integrated into Microsoft 365.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 provides business insights that result in an improved connection with your customers and staff.

This cloud-based software can help you improve productivity, improve service and streamline processes.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 includes Customer Engagement Apps such as Microsoft Dynamics for Sales, Microsoft Dynamics for Customer Service, Microsoft Dynamics for Field Service and Project Service Automation 

Microsoft Dynamics 365 also includes Microsoft Power Platform, a platform which combines Power BI, Power Apps and Microsoft Flow and it works with Microsoft 365 to enable you to unify relationships, processes and data through everyday applications.

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Hosted Phone Systems

With a hosted phone system, your company’s phone service is delivered via an internet connection. This means that you can use ‘one number anywhere’ – which is ideal if you have employees who are switching between home and the office.

And a hosted phone system is very easy to manage, so you can tell the system – at the click of a mouse – whether you want calls sent to an employee’s home, mobile or office.

Another plus? It can help you cut call costs too…

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Business Mobile Packages

Effective, reliable mobile phone services can make a big difference if you have staff working in different locations – and individual staff members who are splitting their time between the office, home and clients’ sites.

We can work with you to create a bespoke mobile package for your business’s needs and shape solutions to ensure that you benefit from the best mobile coverage in the areas your staff are working in. We can send SIM cards and handsets to home addresses and in most cases, can supply a replacement device on the same day if a device breaks.

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Mobile Device Management

Together with O2 and IBM, we offer MaaS360, a cloud-based Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution that provides full control of mobile device security and enables easy management of handsets, tablets and laptops which are connected to one network.

If you are implementing a hybrid working model, MaaS360 can be a huge help in ensuring you are maintaining the security of multiple mobile devices.

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Business Broadband

We can enable business broadband to be installed in residential homes, allowing your staff to work more effectively from home and take full advantage of cloud services.

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We’re helping more and more businesses across North East England and the UK to enable hybrid working. Want to know more about how we can help you?

Call our experts on 08700 118 000, email info@cellular-solutions.co.uk or contact us here.

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