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9th April 2020
Guest Byte by Shane Taylor, CEO, Mobliciti
This week Andy Brown has taken a well-deserved year-end break and asked me to pick up the pen in his absence. Of course, In these exceptional times “a week off” now means moving from the Home Office to the Lounge, but what might happen when the COVID-19 crisis is over? Will we all go back to our same pre-lockdown office-centric routines or will our working patterns have changed forever and for the better?
Personally, I’ve always had the ability to work remotely, but because I live only 2 miles from the office, my “Home Office” has in reality always been “The end of my Sofa”! However, as many weeks of working from home has now become reality, I have converted my front room into a more permanent office.
Maybe I’m not alone, as the latest research by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), suggests that only 30% of UK employees ever worked from home during 2019. It also goes on to say that between 2015 and 2019 the percentage of the UK population who mainly work from home, has only increased from 4.3% to 5.1%. Given that many businesses claim to promote home working, those numbers seem incredibly low to me. Perhaps affected by inadequate IT systems, the inability to actually do our jobs remotely, lack of employee trust, or more likely a combination of all three?
For me, the benefits far outweigh the downsides of whether people can be trusted to work remotely. These include productivity, better work/life balance, happier staff and a potential reduction in real estate costs which, for most businesses, will be crucial as they manage through the crisis.
Another potential upside, given the enforced lockdown, is that could now be the perfect time to replace those ageing iPhones or migrate a key application to a cloud service or switch mobile operators? Rather than the challenge of deploying new technology when your key earners are so busy and difficult to pinpoint on any given day. Staff will be less impacted by the fact that they have multiple devices to work on and are connected to home broadband.
You’ll probably deploy faster and with less impact on your business.
What the COVID-19 lockdown has taught Mobliciti so far;
- The technology we use works with 100% of staff working from home
- ZOOM conferencing is the technology that we can’t function efficiently without!
- Personally, I’m not so reliant on my mobile
- Significant cost savings can be achieved through reduced travel and office space
- Now is actually a great time to do a device refresh or deploy new technology
- The office and community are still a very important part of our culture
Furthermore, if we can make fewer journeys nationally and indeed internationally, the impact on the environment has got to be positive and for the longer term that’s got to be good!
When we finally come out of lockdown, I can honestly see my work routine changing for the better, especially in relation to my family with my work/life balance and I’m definitely getting more done. By adopting a truly flexible working approach and culture across the business, we will be able to use our office space far more efficiently as staff balance their working lives better.
All that being said, I really am looking forward to getting back to the office camaraderie and vibe, but the last few weeks have made me realise that you don’t need to be in the office every day to embrace it.
Having built our business on helping Enterprise customers securely mobilise their workforces, Mobliciti is well placed to help our customers through these difficult times and just as importantly, plan for better times.
Enjoy your Easter weekend and should you have any questions please get in touch.