How Can VoIP Help Make Remote Working Easier?
More and more of us are starting to work remotely. With technology helping to connect us to more people more flexibly, there’s every reason why this should continue! While there is always going to be a place for physical offices and desks, remote working in the UK is growing. Therefore, it makes sense that remote […]
More and more of us are starting to work remotely. With technology helping to connect us to more people more flexibly, there’s every reason why this should continue! While there is always going to be a place for physical offices and desks, remote working in the UK is growing. Therefore, it makes sense that remote teams and workers should have flexible, reliable telephony they can always fall back on.
VoIP is more than just data calling. Rather than staying tethered to a physical line in the office, you can dispatch teams to work in the field, from home, or even on the other side of the country. With BT set to retire traditional telephony in a few years, now really is the time to leap to VoIP.
But how else can VoIP help to support remote working? Let’s take a quick look.
No Need for Physical Hosting
Traditional phones and communications need traditional systems. Often, this means that you’re either relying on a physical switchboard in-house, or off-site through the local exchange. This also means that any phones you host through such a system are going to be tied to a desk, or at least your location.
With VoIP, you’re free to roam. That’s because all the important telephony is based in the Cloud. Cloud technology allows you to take your comms on the go, meaning that there’s no longer a need to stay in-office unless you need to.
VoIP is more flexible than traditional telephony in this regard. Of course, remote and roaming workers are going to need a communications system which is as flexible as they are! VoIP is actively removing the need for physical system location, which is a good thing.
Better Call Quality
One of the perils of working on the go is that you’re at risk of dropping call quality, or connection completely. Even 4G has its moments from area to area. While 5G is a way off yet, there is an alternative in VoIP which is going to keep you connected, on the move, and with incredible clarity.
As VoIP works purely through data, as opposed to through physical copper wiring, it is much more stable. In fact, you and your customers will benefit from the call clarity. When speaking to remote workers on the move, there’s no chance of you losing track of messages, or misinterpreting things.
In business, it can sometimes be difficult to plan for upscaling and downscaling. When you need to upscale your technology at short notice, this would often mean you’d need to invest in more hardware, more software, and maybe even invest in more contracts. Rather than having to pay out for new mobile devices and contracts for your whole team, you can simply upscale and downscale whenever you choose with VoIP.
VoIP will allow you to keep in touch with more people, and fewer people, as you desire. It is almost infinitely scalable. This means less money and hassle for you in the long run, and it also means your team doesn’t have to worry about adapting to any major changes. This is only going to be positive for morale overall!
Less Stress, More Motivation
With VoIP, you will likely feel greater encouragement to move your team into the field, or to work from home. Working from home is shown to be a great motivator for many people. What’s more, the stresses of travel and working in office environments may negatively impact on productivity, efficiency and overall quality of work.
Therefore, while it may seem more stressful and expensive to set workers up from home via private mobile networks, VoIP actively reduces these elements. Everything is clear and in place from the get-go, allowing very little need for you or your team to adapt. Working from home may not be appropriate for all businesses, but VoIP may at least remove much of the technical worry that would otherwise get in the way.
One of the most appealing aspects of VoIP for remote working is the fact that it can keep everyone working on the same page. Rather than relying on outdated communications standards and sharing work and ideas through clumsy, cluttered means, your team will be able to share files and work in a few seconds. There’s no need to have to wait for responses, or to have to depend on old-school telephony to get in touch with someone.
One of the issues that business owners face when setting up remote working is the potential gap in productivity. Many worry that moving people off-site is going to result in drops in communication, therefore leading to lengthy holes and gaps in customer care and revenue.
As VoIP is reliable, always connected, and allows remote teams to communicate with one another in a matter of seconds, there is no need to worry about such gaps and drops. It’s a modern communications solution for a world that’s become more fluid and flexible.
Set Up With Apps
Even better is the fact that VoIP works brilliantly through apps. Rather than expect your team to be at a physical desk with clunky Windows or MacOS software, you can simply offer them flexible apps to install on their phones or tablets. This allows them to remain wholly fluid on the road, and it also means that there’s no fuss getting set up.
Remote workers can simply load up an app to run in the background, and they can stay connected to you, their team and their customers at all times. Once again, it’s less time wasted, which means more productivity for you!
Choosing VoIP for Your Business
It’s time to start looking at VoIP as a viable option for your roaming business moving forwards. Remote working is getting bigger – and there are countless benefits cross-industries. Why not get in touch with the VoIPer team today to set up a package that is flexible and affordable for your needs?