How A BYOD Policy Helps Employees Work from Home
There are so many reasons to let employees work from home (WFH). The reasons are often mutually beneficial to your staff, and to management. In this blog, we go through the benefits of letting employees work from home, and how utilising PiPcall as your BYOD solution can help streamline the process.
The Internet Means You Can Work from Anywhere
Twenty years ago, the concept of working from anywhere but the office simply didn’t exist. You needed to be around your colleagues in order to communicate, and to get work done. But the internet has turned this notion on its head. Teams can communicate with each other as seamlessly and naturally as they would sitting opposite each other – except they can be anywhere in the world. And while the internet plays a huge part, other applications – both internet and telecommunications based – have realised the need for employees to be able to work from anywhere and have created solutions for this exact purpose. PiPcall is one of these. Using a high-quality telecommunications service, employees can make and take business calls and texts on their personal phone, using a separate business mobile phone number. This means employees can conduct business calls as if they were in an office, no matter where they are. Due to the fact employees are supplied with a business number, installed on their own personal device, they may even take a business call in the supermarket – and the client on the other end of the phone would never know.
Working from Home Encourages Productivity
Studies find that employees who work from home are more productive than those in an office – employees log more hours due to a lack of commute, are less distracted, and work harder for longer. And because all business numbers are stored within the employee’s personal phones, they are more likely to work wherever they are. They carry their personal mobiles everywhere, and if a call or SMS comes in, they’re likely to take it, or respond. Working from home is being realised and utilised by the mainstream and has been a key part of many office’s work culture for years now. But working from home is being replaced by ‘working from anywhere’ (WFA). How can a team expect to hire the best of the best when they’ll only employ people from the office’s surrounding area? An incredible developer might live in another country, the marketing manager your business needs may relocate halfway across the world unexpectedly – and companies need to keep up to ensure their teams are the best of the best. By utilising a BYOD solution like PiPcall, your team can stay in contact, wherever they are, whenever they need to.
Boost Morale with A Proper Work/Life Balance
You may think that employees who work from home have a worse work/life balance – due to carrying out their business within their home – and the likelihood they will work earlier and later than those in a 9-5 office environment. However, when you implement a BYOD policy that uses PiPcall, this couldn’t be further from the truth. With PiPcall’s application, there is the option to send business calls to voicemail with the ‘do not disturb’ function. This is perfect for when your employees need family time or are away on holiday. It helps them avoid the ‘burned out’ feeling that always being ‘on’ can give them or having a dedicated work phone that they feel they can’t turn off. In addition to this, working from home allows employees to spend more time with family by cutting out their commute, so they can feel their days are more balanced between work and play. And employees that feel this way are generally happier, boosting morale and productivity even further.
Save Money When Employees Work from Home
IBM estimates that they saved $100 million a year when the company let 40% of its office work from home – and while this is a large-scale example, these savings can affect SME’s, too. If you stagger WFH days, you can rent a smaller office space – this could save your business thousands. Additionally, employees are statistically more likely to take a pay cut if there is a WFH option – reportedly up to 8%. Letting employees WFA also means your staff have the option to relocate to places with lower living costs. This reflects as a pay rise to your employees – but with no implications on the business. Letting employees work from home (or anywhere) also allows you to save on hardware the employees use to work. If your employees use their own laptops, you don’t need to worry about hardware leaving the office building. When you put a BYOD solution into place using PiPcall, employees use their own mobile phones for business purposes. This removes the entire cost of having to supply, replace and insure mobile technology for employees – which can cut telecommunications costs up to 90%. And with PiPcall’s incredible phone packages, you can ensure your entire workforce is WFH ready – at just £8 per employee, per month.
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