Welcome to a world of hybrid working

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the world and changed the way in which we do business massively. Welcome to a world of hybrid working, where remote working was once a minority practice. The reality is that it is now routine for millions of employees globally. Staff have had months of getting to grips with new digital technologies at home. It is therefore definitely time to welcome in and understand the benefits and challenges of the world of hybrid working.

Why does modern cloud technology make remote working so much easier?

Digital tools for remote working have existed for years. The best modern options offer ultimate user-friendliness, adaptability and accessibility. If a global pandemic had struck last decade, rapid transition to remote working would have been near on impossible. The scary thought is that almost every business would have been in severe trouble.

Tools like Microsoft 365, Teams and Business Voice have made the transition from office working to remote working easy. Businesses can now embrace a hybrid working pattern that will long outlive the pandemic. This will also instill resilience in the long term for businesses in most industries.

Are there really benefits to working from home instead of the office?

Yes! A recent study conducted by Finder, showed that 65% of workers said they were likely to be more productive working at home. A massive 85% of those surveyed didn’t feel that they needed to be in an office to work productively. Two-thirds of employers also reported increased productivity for remote workers compared to those in the office.

Alongside heightened levels of productivity, remote working offers employees flexibility.  It gives people a huge opportunity to better balance work and home life, meaning that people are happier at work. With the average UK commute time around 59 minutes, employees working from home get around five hours a week of their lives back; time gained is the most valuable benefit!

Remote working can help reduce the need for expensive office space, cut the costs and congestion of commuting. It also offers broader a potential recruitment pool for employers. Companies are no longer confined to searching in a specific geographical area for suitably skilled staff.

What are the challenges of both office and remote working?

With every upside comes a few challenges.  Whilst many companies have thrived with remote working, a Facebook survey showed that many have been negatively affected. According to the report, a massive 31% of SMBs globally have closed their business during the pandemic. Some businesses with traditional office-based 9-5 practices have struggled to adapt. Some have struggled to support their employees during the transition to remote working.

While office working can be distracting and lead to wasted time, remote working without the support of the right technology and company culture may have a negative effect. The Finder study found that lack of the right technology was a struggle over 62% had, wanting their employees to provide them with a better set-up for collaboration.

The study also found that nearly 31% of remote workers struggle with loneliness. In addition, almost a quarter reported that ‘switching-off’ from work at home is challenging and is actually negatively affecting their work-life balance.

Security is an important, factor and challenge when it comes to working remotely. A hybrid working solution requires careful consideration for IT security to ensure that risks are minimised, and continuity of service and reputation can be maintained. Microsoft offer advanced security features to protect both the business and its employees while working at home and in the office. Implementing further measures with a back-up and recovery solution like Saas Protection can give peace of mind that the integrity of your business is safe, regardless of location.

How can you succeed with hybrid working?

A hybrid solution of office and remote working can provide employees with flexibility and strengthen the resilience of your business should a pandemic strike again. To succeed, businesses should have a remote working policy in place with the right cloud technology to enable maximum productivity.

Security is also a key priority. With the right solution implemented full protection will be achievable for any business. Businesses should also consider a structure for office workers, with a rota and rules and procedures in place to ensure safety and productivity.

We can help your business adapt to a hybrid way of working.

Call Cheeky Munkey today to find out what solutions are available and how they could benefit your business long-term.

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