Working from Home

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Working from Home

Traditionally some roles have always worked outside the office such as sales, technicians or consultants. In some cases, individuals have worked from home part-time, either to avoid traffic congestion or take care of personal challenges like school strikes. Studies show that almost 50% of the workforce could work from home – effectively.

There are good reasons to put a ‘working from home’ plan in place when organizations run into weather challenges like floods, snow-storms or fires. More recently we have also run into medical challenges like SARS and now, COVID-19. Can your organization continue to do business effectively, if you had to send all your staff home? Most could get by with one, perhaps two days, but beyond that would be challenging. What organizations need are communications tools that can be quickly scaled up to allow effective ‘working from home.’

Savings beyond Telecommuting

Most organizations have viewed working from home exclusively as ‘telecommuting’ – a few people able to avoid traffic congestion. This is a result of surveys and public literature that focus on alternate means of transport – and add in Telecommuting as an option. Today there are more tools available to us and almost everyone has access to high speed internet at home and the road. There are major advantages, including cost savings, that are being missed when viewing these options through such a narrow lens.

Studies in the US showed that someone that working from home only two days a week would save businesses on average around US$11,000 per year per ‘teleworker.’ This would be due to reduced space costs, electricity savings and reduced staff turnover.

Home Workers are More Productive

Surprising, perhaps, but true!

People who from home experience fewer interruptions, work longer hours, feel more like a trusted employee and, with flexible hours, can work when they are most productive.

They experience less stress than office workers and, being less exposed to sick co-workers, take fewer sick days. They put the time saved commuting back into work and personal things like exercise. This is why they have higher morale and, ultimately, are far more productive. Something that will bring hard dollars to any organizations’ bottom line.

What are my options?

Phone System Working Anywhere

Cloud based phone system so that your staff can stay connected no matter where they are located. In the office, on the road or from home. No changes needed. Works on Windows, iOS or Android. PSTN connections are built into your single fee.

Full Collaboration Suite

You want your staff to collaborate with tools that include chat, video, file-sharing as wells as the ability to take and make PSTN calls, when needed.

Unity Connect

Unity Connect is our own inexpensive cloud based PBX. This allows your staff to work at any location they have internet access. They can use a WebRTC client in any browser, a smartphone app for iOS or Android or a SIP telephone handset. All support and PSTN connectivity is built into a single, low, monthly fee per user.

We have helped many clients be prepared if they need to have staff work from home by providing them the Unity Connect Business Continuity Package.

Unity SIP365/Direct Connect

You have some of your workforce using Microsoft O365 and even Teams, but are still using a legacy PBX for PSTN calling. So you need a cost effective solution that brings PSTN calling into Teams, so that users can work anywhere, if needed.

Unity SIP365 uses a Microsoft Certified Session Border Controller and Unity SIP trunks to add lower cost PSTN calling AND let your team work from home any time it is required.

Microsoft O365 with Phone

If your organization is fully committed to Microsoft O365 and Teams, we can add voice calling capabilities. Your staff could make and receive PSTN calls to keep in touch with customers and suppliers.

We bring our many years of voice and VoIP expertise to help customers effectively set up their Microsoft O365 solution to become their PBX – at the lowest cost.

We use Unity SIP to bring in lower cost PSTN calling right into your Microsoft Teams hub.

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