What does working remotely bring to mind? Screaming kids and a sink full of dishes while someone tries desperately to work at a computer?
The reality is that remote working is on the rise. According to Forrester Research, 34 million Americans currently work from home, and they expect this number to reach 63 million by 2016 (43% of the workforce). Remote work can mean any number of things, from working at home at the kitchen table or in a home office, to working from a shared office space, to working from a coffee shop, or any combination thereof.
Allowing employees to work remotely has a number of benefits for both the company and the employee.
• You can hire top talent that isn’t able to relocate.
• Reduced expense. Less office space needed
• Happy workers. Commuting can be time-consuming and stressful.
Communication is Important for Remote Workers
It’s important that those who work remotely are able to communicate effectively with clients and co-workers. At BCS Voice & Data, we have a number of outstanding tools that enable remote workers to collaborate and communicate as if they were in the office. Mitel MiCollab, for example, updates presence information automatically, based on location, calendar, and time of day. This means managers, customers, and colleagues always know when, where, and how best to reach remote workers. Additionally, Mitel MiVoice Border Gateway ensures communication security no matter where mobile workers are or what devices they are using.
Contact BCS Voice & Data
If you have employees working remotely, or you are considering implementing remote work in your office, contact BCS Voice and Data for more information. Call 757-497-3100.