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In this whitepaper we explore the influences that the modern workplace is having on the business environment and what businesses need to do to modernise and harness it to their advantage.

In the “Hybrid Working White Paper” you will learn:

  • Why 71% of workers want the option to work flexibly.
  • How 62% of businesses are redesigning the office space.
  • Which proven technologies increase productivity.
  • The collaboration tools needed for a hybrid workplace
  • Common connectivity and shadow IT barriers
  • How to remotely collaborate in a “GDPR” era.

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A More Flexible Workplace

Until recently, the UK has long had a very traditional approach to work, with fixed hours and limited opportunities for flexibility, but this is no longer the case.  While many businesses may have initially thought Covid-enforced home working would be a temporary solution, it’s now become clear that flexible working is here to stay.

In order to cope with this, organisations will have to ensure that flexible, remote, and mobile workers are always fully integrated and connected with the rest of the business. This means they will have to put in place the right connectivity tools that allow employees to access key applications and communicate directly with colleagues and partners wherever and whenever they want.

While there are a wide range of solutions available that can meet these demands, the best technologies for any specific business will depend on its budget, technical requirements and set-up. Therefore, an expert telecoms provider like Arrow is an invaluable asset that can advise firms on how to integrate and implement these solutions to achieve the maximum benefits.

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How to Implement the Collaboration Tools that are Driving the Flexible Hybrid Working Revolution

How we work is changing. Thanks to a post-Covid world, better connectivity, more powerful and accessible digital tools, and the demands of a young workforce with different expectations about how they work, are all helping make it easier than ever to offer more flexible, hybrid working. Therefore, firms need to adapt if they are to create an environment that fits in with the modern way of doing business.

Until recently, the UK had a very traditional approach to work, with fixed hours and limited opportunities for flexibility, but this is changing as other countries explore innovative ideas such as fully flexible hours and four-day weeks. This cultural shift is driven largely by younger workers who are more concerned about having a good work/life balance. There is a growing recognition of the benefits this can offer, such as better mental health and being able to devote more time to family. Trends have been moving in the direction of greater agility for some time, but the lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic greatly accelerated this. And while many businesses may have initially thought Covid-enforced home working would be a temporary solution, it’s now become clear that it is here to stay.

Indeed, nearly nine out of ten workers in the UK (89 per cent) say flexible working is more effective than financial incentives for boosting productivity, while almost one in four people in the UK have changed their role in order to work more flexibly. This is especially important to millennial workers, with one global study finding these individuals rate a positive work/life balance as more important than having opportunities for career progression when looking for a job. More than two-thirds of UK workers want flexible and remote working options to remain a permanent part of their business moving forward .What’s more, this has also caused many people to reassess their work-life balance and even relocate in order to achieve this. For example, more than half of UK workers believe there will be a “reverse brain drain” away from cities, as flexible working means people no longer have to live within daily commuting distance of the office.

A key way to tackle this is to make sure employees have access to the tools they need from approved sources. Much shadow IT involves consumer-grade cloud storage or file-sharing services that make it easier for people to work flexibly. Give employees easy-to-use alternatives that also provide enterprise- level security and monitoring by the IT department and they will have few excuses for looking elsewhere.

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