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Increase productivity through flexible working

Paul Weeden

Written by Paul Weeden

Founder & Managing Director at Foration. IT and technology fixer.

[fa icon="clock-o"] 3 October 2014 [fa icon="user"] Paul Weeden [fa icon="folder-open'] Office 365, cloud

Cloud computing is the ultimate enabler of flexible working. With emails and documents available online, you can work from almost any device, anywhere. But what does this really mean for your business?

A recent survey revealed that a quarter of UK businesses implemented flexible working policies over the summer, with 48% reporting an increase in productivity!

Flexible working has never been more important. Recent legislative changes means employees now have the right to request flexible working. Ensuring your business can support this is essential and can deliver a number of benefits.

Key benefits of flexible working

Increased Productivity: Cloud solutions empower staff to work from any device in any location. With an internet connection, you can continue working on a train, taxi, at the airport or even a hotel room. Working effectively outside the office ensures you can meet tight deadlines and maximise the value of each working day.

Improved Service Levels: The ability to work on the move allows you to respond more quickly to clients and deal with urgent matters swiftly, improving overall client satisfaction. The high uptimes guaranteed by Cloud providers reduce your risk of downtime, improving reliability and protecting your business reputation.

Competitive Advantage: Flexible working can lead to a more efficient and productive organisation, a more empowered and motivated workforce, better customer service and happier clients. Combined with associated cost saving opportunities for office space, you can generate real competitive advantage.

Flexibility through Office 365

At Foration we believe in helping businesses grow through useful technology. Our Cloud first policy embraces this philosophy by giving small businesses access to market-leading technologies. Office 365 is a great example. Microsoft’s Cloud-based email and collaboration platform empowers businesses to work flexibly by providing everyone with access to the latest information across all devices. Access to email, shared calendars and contacts from any device, anywhere, means staff are never out of touch whilst on the move. 50 GB of storage per user allows you to store the messages and files you need and with automatic updates and 99.9% uptime guarantee, you can ensure you are always connected.

With plans starting from £3.30 per user per month, businesses of all shapes and sizes are making the move to Office 365. Visit our Migrating to Office 365 page for more details.

Final thoughts

Business has changed and people no longer work a standard Monday to Friday 9-5 in the office. Empowering staff to remain connected outside the office improves productivity and customer service.

Technology is a key driver of commercial competitiveness. Cloud software, such as Office 365, provides a simple, flexible and cost-effective solution to unlock that competitiveness. For more information, register for a free 30 day Office 365 trial.

Paul Weeden

Written by Paul Weeden

Founder & Managing Director at Foration. IT and technology fixer.

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