Prior to 2020, hybrid work was relatively uncommon. In actuality, most employees had never experienced this way of working — or even dreamed that it was possible. But now, hybrid work has gone from the sidelines to the mainstream. A whopping 83% of employees prefer hybrid work over entirely in-office or remote work. And 74% of businesses that have not already implemented a hybrid working model plan on doing so in the near future.  As a result of this shift, businesses need to re-examine their telecommunications infrastructure and identify tools that drive — rather than block — hybrid work. And topping...

Business owners are meant to do different things. They are supposed to earn money from the things that they offer. They have goals and they aim to reach new heights for every goal that they accomplish. There is one thing that they should always remember though – to provide what their target customers need. Businesses need to provide technical support especially when customers feel that they need to inquire about the products and services being offered. This can also be helpful when customers want to report defective products. Providing technical support service is very important but there is one problem – you...

As we emerge from the pandemic, we can see that some things are never going to be the same again. But that doesn’t mean they will be worse. On the contrary, they will be BETTER! And if you ask employees and employers across the country about the “pandemic’s silver linings,” you’ll hear the same thing over and over: the rise of a remote work solution.  Indeed, employees love remote working because they avoid a tedious and costly commute, and have more time to achieve work-life balance. And employers love remote working because it reduces overhead costs, and lets them recruit beyond...

Across the country, organizations from small businesses to large enterprises are experiencing hybrid work for the first time. And just like experiments in a laboratory, sometimes the results are amazing. Other times they are disappointing (and occasionally, they are flat-out disasters). The first thing we should note is that hybrid work — which is when workers spend part of the week in their home office, and part of the week in the corporate office — is here to stay. Now that workers have shown that it is not just viable but a positive change for many, a survey has found that...

The Dangers of Accepting the "New Normal" January 2020 seems like a lifetime ago for many of us. For business owners, it may feel like a good deal longer. But that’s the last time many of us can remember operating under normal parameters before COVID-19 changed everything. For months we’ve had to cope with crippling uncertainty and ulcer-inducing anxiety. They’ve had to adjust to a state of affairs that’s terrifyingly referred to as “The New Normal”. A state of affairs that’s anathema to the tireless entrepreneur. Business owners from all walks of life have had to make sweeping operational changes on the...

The Era of Working Remotely has arrived — and it is here to stay! In the foreseeable future, hundreds of millions of employees will spend at least part of their week working from a home office. In fact, Gartner projects that a whopping 51% of global knowledge workers will be remote by the end of 2021 — up from 27% in 2019   This is great news for employees who can avoid the time, stress, and cost of commuting. However, it is not great news for some employers who are running into three problems related to working remotely.   Below, we highlight these problems,...

The pandemic has ushered into a new era of remote working. Until early 2020, remote working was generally viewed as an optional perk. But since then, it has shifted into a fundamental necessity. A survey found that 40% of remote workers would consider quitting if forced to return to the office fulltime. In response to this change in work habits, organizations of all sizes and across all sectors —private, public, and non-profit — have pivoted towards tools and technologies that enhance remote work by making it more efficient and productive; and at the same time, boost remote worker engagement and morale....

Many municipalities were caught off-guard when the COVID-19 pandemic required them to make a swift change to remote work. Businesses at all levels, but particularly in local government, were forced to address a host of concerns from a shortage of secure infrastructure and increased risks of cyber-attacks to untrained staff managing critical information without the help of their IT team. Let’s take a look:InfrastructureWithout pre-planning for a teleworking-friendly structure, many offices were ill-prepared for the stay-at-home orders at the outset of the pandemic. Lacking reliable communication and collaboration tools like VoIP or a committed hosting platform, many didn’t even have...

The look on people’s faces is asking the same thing: How could this happen so rapidly? In just a few weeks, we have gone from being advised to wash our hands properly -- which, frankly, is something that we should always be doing regardless -- to being ordered to stay in our homes for all but the most vital activities, like buying essential groceries or going to the drug store. True, our nation has faced larger catastrophes before. But we have never experienced so much remarkable change in such a small period of time. This isn't merely dizzying. It's staggering. However,...

Since it first emerged in China last year, the coronavirus has spread rapidly across the globe. To slow the spread of this disease, many U.S. states and municipal governments have either ordered or recommended that individuals stay home as much as possible and avoid contact with others. This has interrupted work for many businesses, who are now looking for remote work solutions. But this isn't the only situation when telework solutions can benefit your company, and recent events have highlighted the many advantages of being a remote teleworker or offering this opportunity to your employees. 3 Major Advantages of Remote Work Solutions 1. Improved Morale &...