With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people had to get creative with ways to continue a healthy and productive lifestyle. One of the biggest changes came in the form of remote work.
About a decade ago, only 25% of Americans worked from home. With the COVID-19 pandemic, this number shot up to a massive 62%. The transition was pretty seamless, all thanks to Unified Communications .
The post-COVID workplace
At this point, the future lies with remote work. The reduced costs of operation and highly productive work ethics of remote work has turned many industries towards this model.
To that note, a survey was carried out on 317 CFOs and business finance leaders to find out their thoughts on the subject. Turns out 34% of them were sold on the idea so much that they fully intend to continue with a remote type of business even after the pandemic comes to an end .
How do unified communications fit into this?
Perhaps, a better question is, how would this even work without unified communications? And the answer to that would be that it certainly wouldn’t work out.
Effective communication between the teams of a business and the customers is essential for the business to thrive. Integrating these means of communication into one platform makes it all the more efficient.
Unified communications strive to integrate communication channels and other critical applications to improve work. It features the use of instant messaging, video conferences, email, audio and web conferencing, desktop sharing, and desk phones or softphones.
Also, creating a flexible means of accessing data from one central source is a driving force towards this system.
Below are some benefits of this system
- There’s only so much office space a business can afford to pay for, let alone when there’s a need for social distancing and more. The use of these unified platforms simulates an environment similar to an office despite workers being in remote locations.
- There’s increased flexibility of work as the tools can be used in a way that best suits a company’s needs.
- Unified Communications ensure continuity of work by being able to switch to better networks or platforms during periods of disruptive activity.
At the heart of unified communications is Unified Cloud Communications which includes the features found in premise-based IP telephony and the other communication channels all integrated to a business’ standard, and delivered as a service.
It provides an easy-to-use system, economical use of business funds, increased productivity, stable and secure network, and complete control to the company.
Back to work
The decision to go either fully remote or partially remote with some office work still in the mix has to be made. Depending on which is chosen, the company can either:
Identify the most important processes and find unique ways to reconstruct them with unified communication tools for a more remote approach.
Adjust the current office style to a safer one, still with those tools at the forefront.
Ultimately, the workplace will change drastically and get reinvented to find a way to collaborate safely and remotely. So far, people have made it work and while they’re still working out the kinks, it does seem to hold a lot of promise.
Whatever direction your business goes VoxNet can help!
- U.S Workers Discovering Affinity For Remote Work. Megan Brenan. https://news.gallup.com/poll/306695/workers-discovering-affinity-remote-work.aspx.
- The future of remote work after COVID-19: common predictions. Eko App. https://www.ekoapp.com/blog/the-future-of-remote-work-after-covid-19-3-common-predictions.