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Generate your own remote working policy

If you’ve decided that you’d like to let your employees work remotely, it’s important to consider the logistics behind this. If you’re still not 100% remote working is right for your business? Take a look at our checklist to see if you’re ready to take the leap. Whilst the easiest option might be to simply allow people to work from home as and when they want to, this won’t work for all businesses, and can often raise more questions than you’d expect.

Creating a remote working policy will remove ambiguity, set expectations, and answer any questions your employee has. As with all company documents, a remote working policy also acts as a clear source that can be referred back to if there are ever any issues.

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The business case for remote working

Remote working has become increasingly popular over the past few years. This change in the way people work has largely been driven by the realisation that more flexibility can lead to increased productivity and morale. According to a study by TINYpulse, employees who work remotely seem to be happier than those who don’t, and also feel like they are more valued by their employer.

If you feel sceptical about the idea of letting your staff work from home, you might be pleasantly surprised with what your team can accomplish away from the office. A recent survey by Powwownow shows that 67% of employees wish they were offered remote working, giving them the flexibility to get more done. A common misconception about remote workers is that they sit at home all day slacking off, whereas the opposite is true: staff that work from home are often more engaged and productive.

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Is remote working right for you?

Picture the scenario: you’re running your business from your office just like you’ve always done, but your team are showing signs of discontent. You’ve just lost one of your most productive team members to a competitor, with their exit interview revealing that they weren’t happy about having to come into the office every single day. You can feel the beginnings of a shifting dynamic; whether you’re at work or down the pub with a hard-earned drink, people are talking about remote working.

Perhaps you’re feeling under pressure to allow your own employees to work from home (or a trendy co-working space in Bali), but you’re cautious about the impact on your business. Don’t worry – you’re not alone! We speak to entrepreneurs all day long and found that many share the same fears, so we’ve put together a few posts and resources for business owners who are considering letting their team work remotely.

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Why more SMEs are opting for a virtual phone number

Traditional landlines have long been the primary option for businesses wanting to look professional with a business phone number. However, since the introduction of VoIP and cloud-based phone systems, more and more SMEs are choosing to have a virtual phone number.

Although traditional landlines can be more reliable (and therefore often the obvious choice), internet connectivity has become so omnipresent that more and more companies are switching to virtual phone systems as they’re generally more flexible and cost-effective.
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What type of business phone system is right for you?

For a long time traditional landlines were the only option for businesses. The working world is constantly evolving, meaning business phone systems need to be able to keep up with the change. An increasingly popular option is virtual phone system (also known as PBX, VoIP, or cloud-based service) which work best with a good internet connection, so the technological advances that have improved availability and speed have inevitably resulted in more people using the internet to make phone calls.

There has been a lot of debate about whether cloud phone systems are better than traditional phone solutions, but it really depends on you and your business. Cloud-based systems are a lot more flexible and require far less outlay than physical landlines, although the fact they need a stable internet connection might rule them out for some companies.

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Keeping your business phone number

Having a new business phone system can be exciting, but we’re sure you can deal without the headache of having to change your phone number. As a business owner, you’ll no doubt understand the risks involved with switching from the number you’ve been using for a while; not only would you need to change any business cards, you would need to ensure all customers know you’ve recently changed numbers too. If new or existing customers struggle to get hold of you during this time, you could potentially lose out on business.

You can avoid all this stress by porting your current business phone number over to your new provider.

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Keeping ideas alive in the office

Innovation is key to keeping any tech company afloat. Your first big innovative idea was what started your business, but to keep it running you have to be constantly iterating and blazing a trail to ensure the ideas never run out. Innovation encourages collaboration within the business and fosters news ideas amongst the team.

Have the ideas stopped flowing in your office? Here are some tips that might encourage your team to always be on the lookout for inspiration and willing to embrace new ideas.

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