According to a survey by Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs, remote work has grown 90% over the past ten years.1
While some industry sectors, such as IT, have typically always hired remote workers, the trend is expanding to other fields, including legal, marketing, project management, real estate, insurance and even some non-profits.1
Most importantly, it’s here to stay. A 2019 survey by Buffer of nearly 2,500 remote workers found that an overwhelming 99% said they wanted to work from home, at least some of the time, for the remainder of their careers.1
With this in mind, if your business isn’t offering working from home (WFH), it may be time to reconsider your policy. Especially now that the right tools are available.
Working from Home Leads to Better Productivity
While it’s clear that a lot of Australian businesses are starting to embrace flexible ways of working, there are still plenty out there that are resistant to the change. Traditional thinking believes that employees must be in the office in order to be productive – but this mentality is quickly becoming outdated.
An office is rife with distractions. From socialising and unnecessarily long meetings, to loud colleagues or client and vendor visits; all of this can have an impact on an otherwise productive employee.
There are certainly still positives to having a collaborative office environment, but having the flexibility of working away from the office can improve engagement, productivity and loyalty.
Challenges of Working from Home
That being said, working from home isn’t without its challenges. Approximately 21% of remote workers say the biggest struggle of working from home is collaborating and communicating.2
Furthermore, although statistics show that productivity and output increases with flexible work options, the Society for Human Resource Management reported that 62% of remote workers say they’re afraid that their onsite colleagues don’t think they’re working as hard as them.2
Overcoming WFH Challenges with Unified Communications
Communication and collaboration are key parts of business today. But it shouldn’t be at the expense of flexible working arrangements. That’s why many businesses are turning to unified communications, with 83% of workers using technology to collaborate in real-time. 2
Unified communications is a solution that allows businesses to communicate seamlessly across multiple channels. Integrating email, chat, voice and video calls, as well as cloud storage – all from one platform – it can ensure your business is able to collaborate swiftly, from any location.
But it’s important to note that 78% also said technical problems disrupt the collaborative experience of unified communications2. To make WFH viable for both businesses and their staff, it’s vital you choose a reliable unified communications provider, like Spirit.
While it can be tempting to pick the cheapest solution, it pays to look at the reliability of the service – cheap isn’t worth it if productivity is wasted as a result of poor connectivity.
Offer a Better Work-Life-Balance with Spirit UC Today
At Spirit, we offer a unified communications solution that allows for seamless communication across your business, including your remote workers. Combined with our Sky-Speed Internet, you can sync all of your communication and cloud storage with everyone in your business.
Start offering a better work-life-balance for your employees with Spirit UC, all the while ensuring you’re still getting the high levels of productivity and collaboration you expect.
To learn more about our unified communications solution, get in touch with one of our specialists today.