Whether it be the daily commute or a trip overseas, we spend a lot of time on the road. Once upon a time, travel used to be a hindrance to business, often keeping valuable employees out of touch and harming productivity.
Thanks to technology and integrated communications, travel can now compliment business. Without the stress of having to be in the office to get the job done, we can all breathe a little easier.
Cloud computing lets anywhere be an office
We can all enjoy an overseas break. About 5.8 million Australians travelled abroad in 2015-2016, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Yet only a few years ago, overseas travel effectively meant a communication black-out while the individual was away, putting a strain on business and hampering productivity.
Conversely, it's hard to fully enjoy a well-deserved break if you know it's making things more difficult for everyone else. Today, with the emergence of cloud computing solutions for business, anywhere with an internet connection can be an office. While we understand that holidays are for leaving the laptop at home, there are definite advantages of being able to check on things to make sure everything's running smoothly (whilst sipping cocktails on the beach).
You don't have to go the whole nine yards to get the benefits of a shared service.
Cut down on local travel costs too
Cloud computing doesn't have to just be for the benefit of holiday makers.
The daily commute can be a drag.The average Australian can expect to spend half an hour or more travelling to work, according to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. On top of this, the petrol costs of spending an hour in traffic each day can be a heavy drain on expenses.
With a unified communications system, employees have the freedom to split their time between working from home and at the office, saving them time and money. Studies have also shown that a home/work balance boosts productivity too. The 2015 International Professional index found that workers who have the freedom to choose between home and the office are 71 per cent more productive in their roles.
The good news about cloud computing is that you don't have to go the whole nine yards to get the benefits of a shared service. Hybrid systems can leverage both your existing IT with a hosted cloud for a "best of both worlds" approach.
Get in touch with the team at Fonality today to find out how your business can improve with our business phone systems.