It’s official – the days of the strict 9-5 are gone. Flexible working is the new normal, with a number of City firms relinquishing their office space in favour of a more flexible working format, allowing employees to split their time between home and the office during adaptable hours. Best of all, it has a range of benefits for your employees, your company and even your customers.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of flexible working for businesses and how to introduce it in your company.

Benefits of flexible working

A flexible work environment is beneficial to both employers and employees for many reasons. Granting employees flexible working options allows them to better balance their personal demands with their work demands – giving them more headspace to focus on their work. Employees have more freedom to work in an environment that is conducive to increasing their output and work rate, while employers can benefit from a happier, harder working workforce and more loyal workforce.

How to introduce it into your company

CIPD determined in a recent study that organisational culture is key to flexible working success. Read our blog on how to create a company culture remotely for tips on how to do this if you’re already working remotely due to Covid-19.

When you are confident of a strong sense of company culture within your organisation, you’ll need the tools to ensure your team succeeds.

Hosted Desktop

Enable remote working with constant access to all your data and applications, safe in the knowledge that your files are secure and backed up by using a remote desktop.

For the end-user the experience of using a hosted desktop with HDUK is identical to that of a desktop PC – it looks, feels and behaves exactly the same. Your virtual desktop appears as if it was running locally on your machine and is delivered to you in exactly the same way regardless of where you are working, whether this is in the office on a PC or Mac, at home on a laptop or tablet or on the move with a smartphone.

Remote Managed IT Services

Remove the headache of IT management and focus on the important stuff – like running your business. Experience less downtime with dedicated 24/7 remote managed services for your team. HDUK’s fixed pricing will give you peace of mind and with outsourcing your everyday IT to us, it will free up extra time to work on projects that drive your business forward.

Remote Managed IT Services allow all your company’s employees to do their job effectively by having 24/7 IT support. In turn, this leaves your own IT team with the capacity to work on profit-generating projects for your business.

VoiP

Hosting your voice and conferencing in the cloud will open your business to a whole new world of possibilities.

To remain competitive, companies need to ensure they have the tools to communicate with their clients. Voice is no longer the default and the need to provide customers with several ways to engage is more important now than ever before. Whether by chat, voice or video, companies can improve engagement by the use of multiple channels to enhance customer service and speed of response.

Communication has evolved, leaving many organisations with tools from several vendors – Skype for internal calls, WebEx for conferences, WhatsApp for a chat etc.

Employees are spending time switching between tools or waiting for a response, and businesses are paying for apps that are underutilised. UCaaS provides an integrated approach that links these channels into a single solution and provides additional collaboration tools, such as document and screen sharing.

Cloud Adoption

At HDUK, we have been helping businesses to move to the cloud for more than ten years. Through our years of experience both using and installing cloud hosted applications, we have seen and heard it all. You can read our recent blog where we address the most common misconceptions about the cloud, here.

Having your business applications hosted with a cloud-hosted solution gives you the ability to offer your team flexible working options and meet the potential growth of your business with seamless upgrades, eliminating the costs associated with traditional client-server software upgrades.

Business Grade Connectivity

Keep your business connected with fully-managed Connectivity services, providing your business with the performance, availability, and security necessary for your voice, video, and cloud-based applications.

Today, businesses are expected to respond quickly, and effectively to any customer request. Businesses need to ensure that they have a reliable connectivity infrastructure with the performance, availability, and security needed to accommodate the multitude of online tools necessary for them not only to enhance customer service but to be operational.

For this they need highly available internet access, high levels of security to protect against cyber threats and visibility of application performance. All these requirements can be met with HDUK’s Connectivity solutions, which offer access services and advanced data services to suit a wide range of business situations.

Would you like to learn more about how HDUK can enable flexible working for your business? Call our friendly team today on 020 3239 6181 or email us on contact@hduk.co.uk.

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