From web and video conference calling to instant messaging, 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.
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 Skype for Business is a popular tool with businesses that deploy remote teams, 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.
As 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, 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). For more information go to our Hosted Phone System Page.