KAT Communications are seen as experts in the field of flexible and remote working. BBC Radio Sheffield use them as the ‘go to’ people whenever there is a a discussion about flexible working.
From web and video conference calling to instant messaging solutions such as Microsoft Teams, there’s a wealth of communications and technology tools to help small business owners manage a flexible workforce.
More and more businesses are finding that working flexibly can help reduce business costs without compromising on their efficiency, quality of service, or professional image, and for businesses start-ups this can give them a real competitive edge during the critical first couple of years of operation.
The key to this operational freedom lies in the wealth of communications and technology tools at their disposal, which range from web and video conference calling, to online document sharing services and instant messaging.
These have enabled many businesses to restructure their working practices by introducing flexible working policies, reduce their overheads by equipping employees to work from home or other remote locations, and still make an impact on their clients and business partners as a cohesive, collaborative, productive, highly efficient business unit.
Employees as well as employers benefit, with recent figures showing that the average person spends over £135,000 in a lifetime commuting to work and a third of employees are stressed going into work at least once a week because of their commute now is the time to look at the health and wellbeing of your staff. Improve health and wellbeing and you will benefit from productive and happy staff.
Video conferencing allows people working in different locations to ‘meet up’ without incurring the cost of travel and the many hours of unproductive travelling to and from meetings. For more information go to our Video Conferencing page.
This can be extremely useful application for allowing participants in a video conference to simultaneously see documents, spreadsheets, presentations or other files, which would otherwise have to be emailed and downloaded in advance of the conference.
Teams that work remotely will need some way of accessing key documents and other files that are central to the work at hand. There are a variety of web-based file sharing solutions. We offer a range of solutions from very low cost, right up to more sophisticated options, which allow easy file access for multiple users, with very high levels of security built in.
Described as the text version of a phone call, instant messaging such as Microsoft Teams is a popular tool with businesses that deploy remote teams and homeworkers, enhancing online collaboration, and in some cases, used in conjunction with web and video conferencing platforms to invite colleagues to join and share very cost effectively. For more information go to our Cloud Based Solutions Page.
With a hosted phone system there is no ‘box’ attached to your wall in the office, and the system doesn’t require any plug ins as all upgrades are done automatically, meaning there is no business downtime required to keep the system up to date. It promotes businesses to implement flexible working , as employees can have their desk phone at home and once plugged into their broadband router the phone will operate as though it is still in the office (keeping all internal calls free and still displaying the main office number on outbound calls). More and more remote working are also losing their desk phone altogether and having a deskphone app on their mobile meaning their desk phone and direct dial goes where they go – but still all linked to the office. For more information go to our Hosted Phone System Page.