A lot has been written about the increased agility, customer service and productivity benefits of using cloud-based business communications services. Cloud services enable many worker types, such as executives, knowledge workers, project managers and customer service staff can work productively anywhere. Unified communications and collaboration tools enable the dispersed workforce to regain the benefits of spontaneous “water cooler” conversations via messaging, voice and video.
That’s right, you don’t have to be in one office to work as if you’re a big company. Your sales team, customer service and creatives can all be dispersed — working from home, in other states or even other countries. That’s the beauty of unified communications.
However, there’s another tangible benefit to more agile, flexible working practice – and that’s the reduction of traditional office space required. More small business and midsized companies can benefit.
With office space rental costing anywhere from $4,000 to $14,000 per year, per employee in major US cities, freeing workers from their cubicles can save organizations serious amounts of cash! (Source: Market Watch and TheSquareFoot, 2015 data)
Remote working, including working from home
One of the biggest perks small and medium-sized businesses have in recruiting is flexibility. Indeed lists three top reasons people join new companies — pay and flexibility are the top two. Some people even prefer flexibility of time and location to pay.
Some have even gone the extra mile, and become completely virtual enterprises, with no traditional bricks and mortar office premises. While this will probably remain the exception rather than the rule, there’s no doubt cloud communications and near-ubiquitous broadband is providing unprecedented freedom in where and how we choose to work and live our lives.
You’re in a virtual office?
What’s your favorite part about being dispersed and virtual?