In June of last year, the London Business School held a Global Leadership Summit. During the event, the school conducted a survey of the attendees regarding the variety of modern business challenges. The survey covered a variety of different topics, but one of the interesting findings included that half of the respondents expected to be working remotely by year 2020.
Believe it or not, 2020 is only six years away. That means 50% of your organization will be working from somewhere other than the office in just a few short years. You may think that figure sounds crazy, but a recent article identified that working remotely grew about 79% between 2005-2012, with that number expected to rise again over the next decade.
But what does that mean for businesses of the future?
To begin, it means organizations will need to find ways to motivate and empower workers to work efficiently from anywhere. Thankfully, the move to cloud-based technology is making this possible. Employees now can gain access to virtually any business-related item they need from anywhere, as long as they have a secure and reliable internet connection.
Traditional Equipment and Modern Communication Simply Don’t Mix
Phone systems are a lifeline for ensuring consistent communication happens effectively while working remote.
With traditional phone systems, creating network connectivity with flexibility is incredibly challenging. Even if you are able to make it work, it’s likely that you may still experience a handful of other issues, such as:
- Service Quality: It may seem as if on-site phone systems could be more reliable, but the issue results in the quality of the system and it’s network across the remote offices. If the connection coming from one office to headquarters isn’t large enough, it can cause significant call and system quality problems.
- Service Cost: Considering the life of your phone system, on-site systems may end up costing you just as much (or more) than a cloud-based solution. Because of this, you end up paying more to have a less feature-rich and flexible network structure. Additionally, your competition could be paying less to get more function and productivity.
- Service Scalability and Flexibility: When you open up or expand an office space, the phone systems also need to be moved and changed. This usually requires an investment into installation and hardware to complete. Traditional phone systems just aren’t flexible enough to adapt to your rapid business changes.
Additionally, these traditional systems offer limited features and flexibility options. They also cost more when you take into consideration the expenses for each office and the support each private network will require. The math simply doesn’t add up.
Fixing How Modern Business Does Communication
Cloud-based systems improve speeds and capabilities of remote offices. There’s simply less effort and greater functionality available for the staff to use.
A cloud-based system will result in enhanced organizational efficiency with fewer technical issues, it’s important to keep in mind that 50% of your staff could be working remotely in just six years. To prepare for that fact, your company needs to have systems and processes that are scalable, reliable and flexible. If these three words aren’t what you would use to describe your existing phone system, then you may want to consider making a cloud-based change.