Now that coronavirus pandemic restrictions are being relaxed thanks to the major vaccination drive that has unfolded since late January, business owners are eager to welcome a new era of productivity, but this does not automatically mean that all employees will be going back to the office. There is a new way of doing business, and it does not necessarily require all staff members to sit under the same roof. In fact, some field employees are now able to do a lot of their work without having to travel much, and we have Voice over Internet Protocol systems to thank for this new workplace trend.
Remote work was suddenly forced upon many companies when COVID-19 was deemed to have reached pandemic status in March 2020. The business owners who were better prepared for this transition were those who had already implemented VoIP systems along with Unified Communications (UC) platforms. Others tried to get by with mainstream applications such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and Zoom; however, these solutions did not meet the needs of all businesses. With UC platforms running on VoIP networks, you can have your employees work from just about anywhere as long as they use a reasonably modern Internet-connected device that can run a web browser.
The hybrid workplace refers to the model of completing most tasks and running most business processes without having to be at the office. Thanks to the UC paradigm, we can answer voice calls, respond to emails, get voicemail, send faxes, collaborate on documents, message coworkers, manage projects, and hold virtual meetings from a single location, without having to switch between apps, and from just about anywhere. You do not have to worry about integration because it is already coded into the UC platform. When you set out to organize a hybrid workplace where most tasks can be completed in a virtual office setting, you need to rely on the strength of your VoIP connection and UC solution.
To a great extent, the hybrid workplace is the natural progression of the idea we used to call “the virtual office” just a couple of decades ago. Many enterprises with a global reach have embraced this smart business practice, and there are many reasons why you should do so as well. Reducing contagion risk is the main advantage of hybrid workplaces, but we should not forget about cost savings and the ability to scale and expand. To learn more about how VoIP and UC can transform your company into a hybrid workplace, please get in touch with us today.