Wednesday 29 March 2017

Top 5 reasons to change the way you do business

Eleanor Collier

Transport strikes, weather warnings, too-little time with young families, peak commuter traffic…

Are your staff getting ground down by the grind of  9 to 5?  Is there a better and more modern way to do business?  Does your company offer a working from home option or is it time that they created an alternative solution?

 

Whether you’re an SME, business owner, manager, IT professional, decision maker or financial decision maker, it many be time to move on and consider a different way of working for your business and your team.

If you’re serious about cultivating a highly-engaged workforce and positive company culture, making the decision to offer alternative ways of working could be the key to improving your bottom line. It may also help with the recruitment and retention of top employees.

Here are the top 5 ways that working life can be different in Ireland today:

 

 

1.  Peak Productivity

If getting to the office is a challenge for some of your staff, why not offer flexibility, potentially increase productivity across your business and use time more productively by giving them the flexibility to work from home?   It’s also much more environmentally friendly.

Broadband infrastructure and connectivity are key to making this change and your team can still be managed and monitored just as closely as if they were in the office.  It’s possible to now actually move the full functionality of your office phone solution anywhere with Magnet Voice. This innovative cloud based phone system allows staff to make and take their business landline calls wherever they are using a mobile or desktop application.

 

2. Say Hello to the Health Benefits

Working from home can benefit employers as much as employees.  Offering a way to positively impact the health and lives of workers is likely to make your company a much more attractive proposition.  It can help with future recruitment and retention and can actually also reduce overheads.  In a survey by Microsoft, ‘Work without Walls’, 38% of employees have said that they feel that working from home is ‘less stressful’ than being in an office environment.  Workers also cited the ‘quieter atmosphere’ (43%), the benefit of less distractions (44%) and most importantly said that they were ‘more productive’ (45%).

3. Want Wellbeing and Better Quality of Life?

Global Workplace Analytics have compiled over 4,000 studies and reports and articles and have found that a massive two thirds of people want to work from home and that 36% of staff would choose it over a pay rise.  If you want to improve the wellbeing and quality of life for staff, it’s interesting to note that a poll of 1,500 technology professionals revealed that 37% would actually take a pay cut of up to 10% if they could work from home.  80% of employees surveyed considered teleworking as ‘a perk’.  The research clearly demonstrates that in addition to improving employee satisfaction, bringing in an option to change the way you do business can have a considerable effect on the bottom line.

4. Motivated By More Time With Family

In a report on Balancing Work and Family Life and the Role of Flexible Working Arrangements, commissioned by the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs in Ireland it was found that change can only be brought about “only over time by a major change in our thinking and in the culture surrounding work and family life”.   It was found that Ireland is “rapidly becoming a nation of time poor families”.  It was noted that one of the most pressing concerns for employers right now is the attraction and retention of quality staff – both male and female.  “With this in mind, family friendly working arrangements can play an important role in any overall pay and benefits package.  Teleworking will be an important option for family members who wish to improve the trade-off between hours worked and family / leisure time.”

5. Regeneration of Rural Communities

Initiatives like the new Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen in Cork, the first rural digital hub of its kind which aims to create 400 new jobs over the next 5 years, shows that there is a genuine appetite now within Ireland for people to work non-traditionally and outside the main cities.  The 10,000 square foot hub is the first of its kind in a non-urban area in the country and is aimed as a catalyst to show how global business can be done outside the cities.  This follows on from a similar development in Dublin where Ulster Bank and Dogpatch Labs created 8,000 square feet of space for start-ups at the IFSC in Dublin. 

Many towns and villages across Ireland are just not feeling the benefits of the economic recovery and the closure of post-offices, Garda Stations and rural decline is still continuing.  In a section on Planning Reform, the new Programme for Government gives it’s commitment to an alternative way of working in a way towards regenerating rural communities.  "We want to attract people back into main streets and town centres by examining new incentives to regenerate derelict and underused buildings. To achieve this we will seek Oireachtas support for a new Town and Village Renewal Scheme to support the revitalisation of our towns and villages and improve the living and working environment of communities. Using the €30million available from this year to local authorities for town and village regeneration, the scheme will, among other things, seek to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of our towns and villages as places to live and work”.

Change the way you do business and make disruptive commutes a thing of the past.  Go to Magnet.ie or call 1800 819 888.

 

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