A business relies on the staff, they keep the clock ticking and the cows milking… But it seems today in modern business that they are not really given the best opportunities to excel. Even in 2017, people are still sat behind desks in cramped offices and in our opinion, this is just a major fault in business practise.
This discussion will talk about some of the ways wireless technology can motivate, retain and acquire the best staff possible for your business. Implementing the correct IT infrastructure using modern wireless technology is essential these days. It may seem costly and too much of a leap forward but the right IT set up is crucial for a flexible and modern workplace that many workers not demand!
Rather than being sat in a small, cramped and bland office behind a desk, flexible working now gives employees more choice on where, when and how they work.
If the correct technology is implemented along with a more flexible working policy then the gains you could receive are immense. An overall modern and efficient workspace has been proven to improve staff’s happiness, productivity and allows them to be more engaged as a workforce. These slight changes are what bring the best type of workers to your business and gives you a chance to keep them.
Many companies and businesses have already started to implement these methods as people working from home rose to 1/16 this year compared to 7.7pc the year before. This has led to the trend that people are now realising that work is an activity and not a place. Attitudes are now changing around how we balance or mix private and work life. As the technology and mobility workers have access to increases and becomes more advanced, we are seeing that the typical 9-5 work patterns are shifting to a more flexible way of working.
A great advantage of what this can do for your business is that if you allow flexible working you can then open your talent pool to people who don’t have access to transport and even disabled people. There are many disabled people who find it hard to get to work but would be perfect for the job even if they work from home.
The initial benefit of wireless is that it cuts the physical connection to a desk. By swapping out desktop computers for lightweight laptops or mobile devices, you give your employees the tools they need to leave the fixed workplace behind. Then the data connection to your business that becomes important.
Wifi is the first tool for flexibility, when a member of staff gets home, they connect to the internet straight away and can carry on work as normal in a more comfortable environment. Also, the wide variety of hotspots out and about these days makes it incredibly easy to connect on the go.
However, please be aware that once you switch to wireless that you will then need to invest on more secure security and some staff may need extra training along with the addition of staff being given robust, industry standard laptops and mobile devices.
Wi-Fi also provides more flexibility in the workplace, people can flow from various stations in the workplace. Weather it’s from a hot desk, outside on a hot day or within a quite meeting room to think clear. Either way, wireless working allows staff to work on a more flexible ground with will improve overall moral, productivity and loyalty to the business.
While Wi-Fi may meet a lot of needs today, true flexibility requires a move to mobile data. With the prevalence of 4G in the UK, it is now possible to get a connection practically anywhere.
Importantly, 4G can offer broadband levels of speed, which means that working remotely is not slow and painful anymore; rather, working over a 4G connection feels much like working from home or an office.
And the situation will improve further as the world turns to 5G technology. Ofcom has set out its ambitions for the UK, with a planned rollout by 2020 and speeds of between 10 and 50Gbps, a vast improvement on 4G download speeds of around 15Mbps. That is a game changer and would give workers better-than-broadband speeds wherever they go.
By embracing new wireless technologies, a company can easily move outside the confines of its four walls. With more flexible and happier workers, a business will reap the rewards of a more engaged workforce, and the ability to recruit the best talent.