Guest Blog: Doing Your Home Work
Tony Grace. Chief Operating Officer, Virgin Media Business. 19 May 2012
This week was the seventh annual Work Wise Week, which included National Work From Home Day on Friday. It’s a fantastic initiative run by Work Wise UK, an organisation set up to encourage smarter ways of working including introducing more remote working.
We’ve spoken a lot about remote working in the past, but it’s important to reinforce that message. We constantly look at the challenges our customers face and try to understand them so we can work closely with them to deliver services that are unique and release them from their IT shackles. Part of this is helping them to integrate new policies, such as remote working.
As part of this on-going process, we recently spoke to over 5,000 businesses and more than half of their workers now expect to be working from home within the next decade. This is something businesses need to start considering now before they potentially get caught on the hop without having the necessary infrastructure in place. Face-to-face meetings with customers and prospects are also due to change with 72 per cent of the companies we’ve spoken to believing that getting together in person will soon be a thing of the past. When talking about the benefits of home working, 62 per cent of employees said avoiding the dreaded commute was the main upside to flexible working practices.
There’s no set rule for how people work best. Businesses need to be more flexible about every aspect of the way they work. This will not only engage and motivate a workforce, but also allow a business to tailor how it communicates with its customers. Implementing home working strategies is one way businesses can become more adaptable and cost effective. And for any companies that might be worried that having employees out of the office may jeopardise their connectivity, then even during busy periods we can carry over half a terabit of data, the equivalent to 62 copies of the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica every second.
Of course, like Work Wise UK, we’re not saying companies should completely abandon their offices. Businesses are always going to need a base of operations from which to carry out a range of activities that keep the company ticking along. However, with technology developing at such a quick pace and the desire amongst employees clearly there, it’d be unwise to dismiss remote working completely out of hand. With all this in mind, I trust you used National Work From Home Day to test it out yourself?
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