In a world that’s constantly on the move, how can you keep up if you’re standing still in one place?
The trend of flexible working is only going in one direction and that’s up. Employees are finding themselves unshackled from their desks and loving it whilst organisations are enjoying the responsiveness of this way of working. In fact, numerous surveys have found that workers would actually choose flexible working over a pay rise. Companies should be taking note.
Office 365 has been recognised as the No.1 cloud business application among enterprises. This shouldn’t come as any surprise as many organisations are embracing the integral business productivity tools it has to offer, anytime, anywhere, on old and new devices, and most importantly at an affordable cost.
To help you decide whether or not it’s a system that may work better for your business here’s our top 5 remote working benefits of Office 365:
1. Increased Productivity
Employees who are able to work seamlessly whilst away from their desk get more done and that’s a fact. During the working day there’s ample opportunity to become distracted, so deploying Office 365 on employee owned devices, something known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), will result in a more engaged workforce who are happy to work out of hours should it be necessary. Document collaboration and secure storage features make for a more efficient way of working both internally and externally.
2. Improved Customer Service
Flexible working helps to serve your customers better. Office 365 can increase your capabilities to respond faster to customers in and out of the office environment. If utilised correctly, you can offer a 24/7 service without the need for additional staff members. Office 365 has a guaranteed 99.9% uptime so you can be 'always-on'. Having this ability really can give you the edge over companies still using the more traditional methods.
3. Extra Security
Some organisations have concerns over the security of cloud-based systems but Microsoft has gone the extra mile in ensuring the safety of its users data. Not allowing your employees to work away from their desk can have far greater consequences as data is accessed in a non-secure way. Office 365 offers data loss prevention, threat intelligence, mobile device management and advanced security - that’s far more protection on offer than your traditional routes.
4. Access & Retain Talent
As we mentioned earlier in this article, many workers would actually choose flexible working over a pay rise and they prioritise this when on the search for a new job. Offering the opportunity for remote working modernises your organisation and will make you more desirable when attracting potential employees. Furthermore, losing your most skilled employees can cost your business dearly and if it’s over their desire to work remotely when necessary, it could be a small investment to make compared to the alternative.
5. Keep up with the times
Last but certainly not least – can you really say you’re keeping up with the times if your staff have out-dated resources and ways of working? Tying your employees to their desks is counter productive. Breathe some fresh life into your processes with a cloud-based system.
Office 365 offers so many benefits; you'll wonder why you didn't upgrade years ago. Scalable to suit all businesses, Office 365 allows your team the flexibility they need to get the job done without compromising security or reliability. Contact us today to talk to our experts about an Office 365 package that suits you.