Remote Working

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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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Why do some people think they can’t work remotely?

These days, it is easier than ever to get work done far from an uncomfortable office chair, labelled stapler or communal kitchen. Thanks to new technologies like Virtual Reality, as well as less recent developments like the humble telephone, we can stay in touch and on the ball pretty much around the clock, from anywhere in the world.

And yet, a lot of people continue to face the daily slog into work every single weekday morning. In fact, according to the Office of National Statistics, the amount of people who commute into an office every day comprises a huge majority of the country’s professionals, with the figure coming in at around 86%.

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What’s the best time for marketing calls?

Telemarketing can be an extremely efficient way to increase sales, but it is a method that comes with a whole host of its own, specific challenges. Unlike with things like print ads, generally emails, and even text messages, timing is absolutely crucial. With other techniques, people can come to your content as and when they are looking for it: when they open a newspaper, switch on the TV or the radio, scroll through their Twitter feeds, or check their phones. But when you’re placing a phone call, you have to have some level of confidence that there will be somebody at the other end of the line with the ability, willingness, and time to answer the phone and have a conversation at that moment. Telemarketing also comes with its own laws, and businesses who choose to ignore or flout these regulations put themselves at risk of incurring fines of £500,000 from Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office, telemarketing’s regulating bodies. Make sure you know the telemarketing rules, and avoid fines.

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One woman’s quest for a healthy work / life balance and how it could impact you

Everybody in the working world is constantly walking a tight-rope, teetering between leaning too far into their personal life and getting entirely sucked in to your work. Nobody wants to neglect the people and things that they love, but we are also desperate not to sacrifice professional efficiency and performance – in part to even be able to support the people and things we love.

People have different ways of ensuring they are striking this balance in the best way possible. Some carve out particular days on which they shut down all work communication, others have rules about how many extra hours they’ll spend in the office each week, or have morning rituals with their friends or family before dedicating their day to work.

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Brand new microprocessors released for data centres

Intel Corp has this month made an announcement revealing that it will be entering into a form of battle with AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) and other big companies which are capitalising on the demand for microchips which can be used for cloud computing.

Intel’s microprocessor is set to be called the Xeon Scalable Processor chip, and according to its creators, is set apart from its existing counterparts. Navel Rao, the VP of Intel’s artificial intelligence branch, has reportedly informed that it Intel’s microprocessor will provide users with more support for the ways that computing is expected to be implemented in the near relatively near future, including artificial intelligence and cars which do not require a driver.

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Conference calls for travellers

As summer reaches the northern hemisphere, the numbers of people jetting off are steadily increasing. While we have had uncharacteristically warm weather recently in Britain as the thermometer reached its highest point in forty years, many of us seek even sunnier pastures, or simply want the excitement of travelling somewhere new.

But though being in a brand new place can be truly exhilarating, it doesn’t come without some challenges. For many, it is the distance itself, the very thing a traveller is seeking, which can be difficult.

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Can remote working really work?

Recently, we have all heard – with varying levels of excitement – about the possibility of remote working. This means the opportunity for people to carry out certain parts of their work, or a particular set of hours, or even all of their job, away from an office. That means people can work from home, from coffee shops, from hot desks, or even from across the globe.

How can that really be possible? Obviously, technological developments are a crucial factor. Thanks to instant messaging services, and the availability of genuinely free, reliable conference calls through providers like WHYPAY?.

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A guide on how to set up a free conference call

Looking for a quick and easy way to set up a free conference call in the UK? You’ve come to the right place, and it won’t cost you a fortune!

 

Some mobile and landline phones already have a built-in conference call feature that’s free to use, but these can be clunky and often only allow a small number of callers to connect.

The most trusted, reliable and accessible way to hold group telephone calls is to use a dedicated telephone conference call service, and you can get started using your mobile in seconds!

 

WHYPAY? is a hassle-free conference call service with a focus on ease-of-use and excellent call quality. The service is rated 5 stars on Trustpilot by thousands of savvy conference callers. Unlike many other conference call services WHYPAY? uses an 03 dial-in number, saving you a fortune in unnecessary call charges.

 

Here’s how a free conference call set up works…

How to set up a free conference call 

Pick up your mobile and dial 033 3443 4567 (UK local rate – included in your minutes);

  1. Press the * key when prompted to receive your free dial-in details;
  2. Share your details with your guests, letting them know the time of your call;
  3. When the time comes, everyone dials in and is instantly connected.

 

If you don’t have your mobile to hand, you can also generate your free conference details on this website by creating a free WHYPAY? account.

Sign up now to receive your free dial-in details.

 

Frequently asked questions

After I set up a free conference call, can I use my conference details straight away?

Absolutely! Once you’ve generated your conference details, they’re ready and waiting for you to dial in. Your details won’t expire, and there’s no need to specify when you intend to use them.

 

What are the charges for this service? It can’t be free!

At WHYPAY? we don’t charge you a penny to create your permanent, reusable conference details, and unlike many other conference call providers, we don’t add charges to your phone bill either.

When you and your conference participants dial into your conference room, you each make a phone call to an 03 telephone number. Under official Ofcom regulations calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and must count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls.

Because 03 numbers are included in UK mobile and landline minutes, the call itself is often completely free. Each caller should check whether they have inclusive minutes as part of their phone contract. Note that some networks begin charging the standard call rate after around 50 minutes. This can be avoided by simply hanging up and dialling back into the conference.

 

This is too good to be true. How does WHYPAY? make any money?

WHYPAY? earns a fraction of a penny per minute from BT for each call supported. Regular WHYPAY? users can also upgrade their free service to a paid subscription plan for advanced call features like custom branding and call recording.

 

What if I need to set up more than one free conference call?

Your conference details are permanent, so you can reuse them each time you need to hold a conference call. You can ask your participants to dial-in at the same time each day, week or month, using the same details. If you need to organise multiple conference calls at one time, or you have multiple colleagues who each require their own ‘conference room’, you can opt for one of our paid subscription plans.

 

Tips for the perfect conference call

You probably want to know more than just how to set up a teleconference. You want to have the most productive business meetings possible. And of course, you want your participants to feel comfortable throughout. We’re here to help. There’s so much guidance and advice on our blog if you want to learn about conference calling.

 

Location matters

The most basic starting point after you’ve set up free conference calls is deciding where you’ll be when your teleconference happens. It might seem minor compared to the meaty content of the call, but your location can make or break the call. Of course, it also depends on the nature of the audio meeting. If it’s something relatively informal, you don’t need to worry so much. For example, if you’re catching up with a far-flung family or having a weekly debrief with a handful of colleagues, something like our cafe/cake conference call tour might be suitable.

But conference calls have many uses, and each one has different needs. For some inspiration, you can look at our favourite free meeting locations.

Given you’re setting up a conference call, the crucial thing is what can be heard. Always aim to be in the quietest place possible. Think carefully about whether the silence will last, too. Is it contingent upon your toddler conforming to his or her napping schedule? Might your dog become suddenly ravenous? Does your neighbour have a penchant for midweek mowing?

Obviously, some noise is inevitable and there are factors beyond our control. But if you know you’re unlikely to get peace, move somewhere different. After all, that’s the beauty of being able to set up a free conference call from your mobile!

Create a FREE Teleconference

 

Mind your manners

To make sure your participants are at ease, you should get clued up on conference call etiquette. Things that might seem obvious can be easily forgotten, especially when we aren’t face to face, and things that seem minor can make a world of difference. Here are some points on conference call etiquette to remember:

 

  • Make sure you’re on time –  it makes a great first impression.
  • Introduce people as they join the call – including their names, a personal detail or two, and be sure to explain their role.
  • Know how and when to use your mute button – it’s perfect for stopping background noise – just remember to unmute yourself when required!

 

Plan ahead

We all know how crucial prior preparation is. It’s no different with teleconferences. Planning the perfect conference call can take time and effort, but it will make things so much smoother and more efficient. With our guide, you’ll be able to put together a complete agenda for the conference call you set up. After this, make sure you mind your manners again and share! You’ve put in the hard work to make your agenda, so don’t let it go unseen. Circulate the document to all the participants, so they know what to expect and can themselves plan and prepare accordingly.

 

Stick to the plan

Equally important is actually using your plan. It should have laid out everything from topics to timings, and you should stick to these as closely as possible. You certainly don’t want to overrun, as this really is poor manners, and can mean people aren’t able to stay until the end of the call. It can also be frustrating, or even anxiety-producing, to not follow the order as it was set out. While new information or unforeseen complications can mean that a change in agenda is necessary – and flexibility is a vital part of business – if you can follow your plan, your participants will thank you for it.

 

Learn to moderate

You might be a natural-born leader, and you might be really used to heading up meetings. But conference calls require a specific skill-set. There are more features to think about, and the lack of body language and facial expressions. So learn to hear non-verbal communication, to maintain understanding and control of what’s happening during your meeting. Likewise, make sure you get to grips with different moderator controls that will be at your disposal.

 

You’ve set up a free conference call, but are there compromises?

Once people realise that conference calls really can be free, there can still be hesitation. What holds people back when considering whether to set up a free conference call? Well, people think if it’s free, it must be inferior. People are also reluctant to make changes. That old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke…’ can hold people back from better things. In the world of telecommunications, it means things like not considering alternatives to obvious choices like PowWowNow.

WHYPAY? shows that free doesn’t need to mean worse. In fact, Trustpilot backs us up on this. if you look at our ratings and reviews, we outperform competitors who are charging for their services. With WHYPAY?, you get quality and reliability without having to part with a penny.


Why not set up a free conference call today? You’ll see just how much it could change your business and even your life.

 

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WHYPAY? infrastructure – an interview with two techy, savvy professionals to explain stuff to laypeople like you and me

Trying to fully understand the workings and benefits of any technologically-based service can be tricky if you have no real involvement in the industry, as professionals consider so much knowledge a given. That’s why here, we try to break things down a little more, so that you can understand exactly what WHYPAY? is offering, whether it’s suitable for you, and why it’s so great. Kindly sharing their rather considerable knowledge with us are Managing Director Martyn King, and Technical Director Simon Sharman.

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What is LiFi?

A buzz is quickly growing around the term ‘LiFi’, but what is it actually all about? The quick version is, it’s a much, much, much faster version of WiFi – about 100 times faster, in fact, reaching up to 224GB/s. Li-Fi is an abbreviated form of ‘Light Fidelity’, which is the term given to this particular wireless connection. As its name suggests, it is an optical wireless communication, using visible light, infra-red, and near ultra-violet in the place of radio frequency waves. This means it can carry a great deal more information. In normal Visible Light Communication, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are switched on and off rapidly – too rapidly for a human to notice. However, LiFi would involve keeping the LEDs switched on all the time, although they could be dim enough to be impossible to perceive by the naked eye. This, of course, means that LiFi will be a relatively energy efficient mode of communication.

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