Technology continually changes the way we live and work. Today, wider access to high-speed Internet services, mobile technology and cloud-based computer services have meant that for many businesses there may never be a need for employees to be physically present in a traditional office setting.
Consumer-grade technologies such as tablets, smartphones and notebooks are now commonplace in most households and cloud-based services such as Box.net, Huddle and Dropbox are in everyday use. These powerful tools are changing the nature of business relationships, which are often global, extending across national boundaries and time zones require evolving and intelligent technologies to create effective collaborations.
Posted on 23rd June 2011 in Home Working.
Despite reports suggesting working from home boosts productivity, employee retention and job satisfaction, Employees in the early stages of their career prefer to work at the office to ‘see and be seen’
Posted on 20th June 2011 in Home Working.
Today, Friday 20th, is National Work from Home Day. Millions of workers across the UK will have not gone into work. None of them will have rung in with excuses, and none of their bosses will have accused them of skiving.
As the nation is swept by heavy snowfall, thousands of UK workers are forced to stay at home as travel disruptions make it impossible to get to work. However as the rest of the nation’s workforce battles on to work, many bosses and colleagues can’t help wondering whether their employees are ignoring their calls, updating their Facebook status or missing deadlines.
With heavy snowfall across the UK causing widespread disruption, businesses are looking at ways to minimise the impact of such adverse conditions. Getting employees to work from home is one such option – however businesses are sometimes not sure about they can effectively manage remote staff.
The growth of home working has helped to cut average commute times to a 10 year low of 47 minutes and 48 seconds per day, a TUC analysis of official figures reveals today.
Over the last year, a number of events have helped to move the importance of home and remote working further up the business agenda. Snow storms and flooding made it difficult for employees to get to work, while the spread of swine flu has left many companies temporarily short staffed.
With growing numbers of employees seeking to work from home, SMEs are often faced with the dilemma of supporting changing practices while ensuring consistent customer service. Peter Gradwell, Managing Director of internet service provider Gradwell, outlines how technology can overcome this challenge.
The old saying of “every cloud has a silver lining” is certainly underlined by the surge in home businesses during the recession.
There are now 2.5 million in the UK and it has been estimated that more than five million people are working from home in the evenings on their own business after finishing their normal day jobs.
Posted on 10th September 2009 in Home Working.
The world of British business is changing. Hundreds of thousands of new businesses start every year, many from home. However, going it alone is as much about finding the right help as it is about relying on your own knowledge.
It’s important SMEs get the right support from the outset.
Posted on 24th August 2009 in Home Working.