Remote Working

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The importance of audio quality on your conference call

Maximising the quality of your conference call is a top priority for many. After all, the importance of audio conferencing cannot be understated. Being one of the most popular means of business communication, teleconferencing and high quality conference calls ensure that a business meeting is more productive at virtually no loss to the company. It’s a solution to previous practices that have now proven unsustainable. For example, the prohibitive travel costs of a business meeting meant that a chunk of your company’s money was spent on logistics alone.

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Has 2020 built more trust among teams?

One of the big debates of 2020 was whether we should trust employees who work from home. We all had to adjust to new ways of living in 2020, especially those of us who switched to remote work. Our old routines have given way to new ones. We’ve forged new means of communication that, even post-pandemic, we’ll still use. 

Thinking about traditional modes of working, perhaps the single biggest change is in the dynamic between colleagues. More specifically: how is your team dynamic affected when the members of that team are working remotely? A Forbes article published on 27th May goes some way in arguing that employers don’t trust people to work from home.

What does this mean for the future? Is there a fundamental distrust at the heart of WFH culture? Or has 2020 built more trust among teams and between the business owner and employee? 

Read our article to find out…

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Is remote working the future? These businesses are making the switch

In late March, when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the UK, many businesses had to adapt to a remote working environment. From creative agencies to corporate lawyers, working from home soon became the norm.

Remote working certainly isn’t for everyone, and some businesses have embraced the change more than others. However, in a world of time-consuming commutes and expensive office spaces, this new way of working has been a breath of fresh air for some businesses.

As a result, these firms have recently switched to remote working permanently – here’s why.

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Five trends shaping the future of work

With the unpredictability that hit us in 2020, it’s no surprise you’re interested in knowing five trends shaping the future of work. The workplace as we know it has changed dramatically. Since the COVID-19 crisis, our working days are vastly different to what we’re used to and there are potentially more changes to come. 

 

Most rapid was our newfound working from home situations, of course – that’s a biggie. However, over the last decade or so there have been many trends shaping the future of remote work, some of which look set to shape the future of work entirely. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Effective Note-Taking on a Conference Call

Conference calls are an excellent way to work and collaborate with others remotely, whether you are two businesses collaborating on opposite sides of the world or one fully remote team looking to stay connected. There’s no doubt conference calls are a must-have tool for many businesses today, but the key to any great conference call is effective note-taking.

Learn how to take notes during a phone call (or a video conference) with our guide.

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10 ways to avoid working from home distractions

Many people are currently combating working from home distractions. Of course, working from home can be a godsend for parents looking to spend more time with the family, those with extremely long commutes or even people who simply work better in their own space. Gone are the times when people believed it essential to be in an office setting to get work done. 

However, worker productivity when at home is still under scrutiny, and not all employers are convinced that it’s a positive thing. One contributing factor may be those pesky working from home distractions which affect the best of us. Instead of pushing through in a chaotic work environment, read on to learn a few tips and tricks on how to create a feng shui zone for your distraction-free home office.

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How to create the perfect work from home setup for the long-term

Creating the perfect work from home setup is on many of our minds. Since we first covered working from home successfully during COVID-19, even more businesses have made the switch to long-term or permanent remote working. From technology giants to local consultancy firms, working from home has become the new norm for many businesses across the UK. 

Creating a healthy work from home environment is one of the most important factors to consider when making the switch to a home office. While your desk setup is important, what’s going on around you is equally as important. Follow these tips to create the perfect work from home environment.

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What’s the best time for a conference call?

No doubt you’ve frequently wondered about the best time for a conference call. It isn’t exactly clear-cut. While some of us are more productive in the mornings, there are others who, fuelled by the lunchtime break, get to the bottom of their to-do lists in the afternoon. Whichever group you belong to, scheduling in conference calls is the perfect way for you to find a balance for your team and enable communication and collaboration. But to find the best time for your conference calls, you’ll want to read on.

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Distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic: continuing education during quarantine

Distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic has been pushed to the forefront of many minds ahead the blanket closure of UK schools this Friday. It comes as universities in the country also suspend face-to-face learning. And while the severity of the situation extends far beyond education, and teachers’, students’ and families’ wellbeings are the priority, trying to continue education during quarantine is an important challenge. There are all kinds of factors at play here. But sometimes, the simplest solution turns out to be the one that can fix it all. As teachers try to provide distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic, they might find conference calls to be the perfect tool.

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Internet issues during the coronavirus outbreak? Conference call instead

Many are facing Internet issues during the coronavirus outbreak. Just today, news has broken that Virgin Media is experiencing network outages. And that’s by no means the only network experiencing issues. Some users have even reported their broadband capacity halving. This isn’t surprising with the swelling demand as more and more people switch to remote work in a move toward social-distancing or self-isolation. Even Whatsapp and Facebook have been affected, with their servers being described as having gone into ‘melt down’, and Zuckerberg forced to increase their capacity.

The stickiness of the situation becomes clearer when you think of the UK’s Internet infrastructure. While countries like Korea and China have heavily invested in fibre and 5G networks, much of the UK depends on local networks of copper wires. These are far less reliable. In fact, according to the Financial Times, more than 80% of Korea and Japan’s fixed line connections are high-speed fibre. In Britain, only 10% of fixed line connections qualify. That makes us one of the lowest in the OECD.

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