Graham Vincent

Member Article

Employees prove home is most effective workplace

Home has become the workplace of choice with research from Ipsos MORI showing that 70 per cent of remote workers admit they get more done at home than they do in the office.

As both a driver for and a consequence of this, global video conferencing company, UCi2i, has seen its customer usage increase by 357 per cent in the last year, demonstrating the value of video communication in today’s ever evolving workforce.

The virtual working space is rapidly rising in popularity with fast and frequent innovations in video technology allowing employees to be in constant contact. With CIPD data showing seven out of ten companies find remote working helps retention, motivation and engagement, employers are feeling a greater need to connect people wherever they are, emulating an office environment and allowing collaborative working relationships to be sustained.

Michael Grant, Managing Director at UCi2i, comments: “Our call usage figures are reflective of the industry as a whole and it’s clear that for many businesses, video communication is now an integral part of both mobile and desktop interaction, allowing business to run as normal, regardless of an employee’s location or device.

“The need for employers to offer flexible working is becoming more prevalent and having video conferencing installed allows all employees to communicate and engage with each other face-to-face. It enables business relationships to become more efficient, more interactive and ultimately more personal. Allowing employees to work remotely will also save time and money. By letting an employee with an hour long commute work from home for two days a week, the employee would save 25 days a year. Given that 60 per cent of saved commute time is recycled back into work, this adds 6 per cent more time to each employee’s working year.

“The future of business communications will see staff creating their own working environments where they are most productive. It will also offer employees the chance to be independent and as Ipsos MORI and CIPD research shows, employers have little need to worry about staff not pulling their weight.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Graham Vincent .

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