Remote Working

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Conference calls for charities and non-profits: A vital tool

For any organisation to run smoothly and successfully, collaboration is crucial. And the key to collaboration is communication. If you’re working for a charity or non-profit, you know how important teamwork is to getting anything done, and if some people aren’t sure of what’s going on, or what’s expected of them, chaos tends to ensue. Without maintaining open and easy communication, you’re in for a stressful, frustrating and unproductive ride. But with more and more people embracing flexible and remote work, it’s not always as simple as tapping somebody on the shoulder or having an impromptu meeting. That’s why conference calls for charities are an invaluable tool which the sector should ensure is part of their day-to-day running.

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Gabi JamesConference calls for charities and non-profits: A vital tool
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The best startup communication tools that won’t break the bank

Good communication is at the core of every successful project, be it in or out of the business world. But when pulling together all the elements that go into getting a new business off the ground, making sure your team can stay in touch is paramount. At the same time, as a budding business you probably don’t have a big budget to be dedicating to bespoke or hi-tech communication tools. At WHYPAY? we firmly believe that nobody should be having to fork over cash for clear communication. That’s why we provide genuinely free conference calls, why we put together a collection of wonderful ‘Freemium’ services, and why we’ve collated this list of some of the best startup communication tools that won’t cost you a fortune!

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Gabi JamesThe best startup communication tools that won’t break the bank
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Group phone calls: how to make them and their many uses

Group phone calls are an incredibly powerful and wonderfully simple tool. In fact, it’s partly this simplicity which makes them so flexible! And considering the importance of collaboration for success, it’s not surprising that a communication tool which brings more people into the conversation should be so popular in all different kinds of fields. In fact, the amount of uses for group phone calls is almost overwhelming – after all, how often do we find ourselves wanting to talk to more than one person at a time, in all areas of our lives?

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Gabi JamesGroup phone calls: how to make them and their many uses
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Best free meeting locations

For anyone who does a fair bit of remote working as part of a flexible working routine, or because they travel a fair bit, the value of free meeting locations will be immediately apparent. And people who fit into that category is ever growing: with working life being revolutionised, particularly thanks to remote working becoming an increasingly realistic option, you might not have such a fixed idea of where your ‘place of work’ is these days.

But although you get tonnes done from the comfort of your sofa, there might also be times when you need to cast a slightly more professional aura. That’s why having a list of meeting locations is always a good idea.

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Gabi JamesBest free meeting locations
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Have your cake and meeting

At WHYPAY? we are firm believers in balance. Taking a holistic approach over black-and-white thinking seems to lead to the best results, and a little bit of anything in moderation is good. That’s why we endorse a flexible work schedule which combines remote working with face to face meetings, fuelled with a few morale-boosting eats and treats. From tasty vegan lemon drizzle cake at Tibits to a hearty lunch at Pret a Manger, we don’t shy away from eating while we work. And with the savings you’d make from using WHYPAY? for genuinely free conference calling, you can afford that extra slice of cake and a refilled mug.

Is remote working the right choice?

Before diving into advice on how (and where) to work remotely, it’s worth taking a look over some background information to help you decide whether it’s right for you and your place of work.

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Gabi JamesHave your cake and meeting
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How to be a good employer to remote staff

We’ve all heard the mythical stories about companies which have gone beyond strewing around a few bean bags to becoming ginormous, open-plan professional spaces with free food around the clock, puppy pens, gyms and beds for employees to nap in whenever they get sleepy. But of course, these things are not right, or even possible, for a lot of work places. So what is it that can make you a great employer in a slightly more conventional work place?

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Gabi JamesHow to be a good employer to remote staff
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Is working from home the future?

Could working from home be a given in years to come? The rate of technological development in the previous few years feels head-spinningly unprecedented, and is expected to continue in leaps and bounds. While for a lot of us, the advent of driverless cars (here appropriately showcased using another significant area of development: Virtual Reality, with a 360 degree video) take us back to giddy childhood dreams, there are some much more immediate and practical benefits remoulding the way we live – and specifically, the way we work.

Is there any need to change?

You’ve probably been hearing for a while that in many industries, the way we work is changing. There are lots of different reasons for this, not least of all a growing concern with how over-work is impacting upon our physical and mental health and the importance of being able to balance our professional and personal lives. This seems to be a particularly tricky area for us dedicated Brits, who have been found to be putting in more hours at the office than any of our European counterparts.

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Gabi JamesIs working from home the future?
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Teleconferencing and… medicine?

There is a very high chance that conference calling has become a part of your everyday professional life. This isn’t some sort of sweeping generalisation or narrow-minded view in which everybody works in a 9 to 5 office job.

In fact, teleconferencing has thrived across almost innumerable fields, proving itself useful to tutors and teachers – it was even the starting point of the phenomenon of Dr. Tyler DeWitt’s YouTube channel and the educational revolution to which it is contributing.

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Gabi JamesTeleconferencing and… medicine?
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Balancing work and leisure during the festive period

The season is upon us once again when every weekend is filled with reunions, parties and dinners. You’re seeing old friends and getting all the family back together again, maybe for the first time since the last holiday period.

Hopefully, you’ve managed to keep in touch , but we all know that striking a healthy balance between your commitment to your work and the time dedicated to your family is always a tricky area.

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Gabi JamesBalancing work and leisure during the festive period
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Would you be better suited to working remotely?

Over four million people in the U.K. are estimated to work solely from home. This increase is due to the way we work evolving, meaning going into an office every day isn’t necessarily beneficial for every job role.

Though it may appear that it’s mainly the employees who are better off for working remotely, employers also benefit massively as they require less office space and can therefore cut costs of rent significantly. Advancing technology means it is extremely easy for workers to contact the office from wherever they may be, thus driving the rising number of people working from home.

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Carmen JamesWould you be better suited to working remotely?