Author Archives: Austen Read-McFarland

“Too Small for Smart Working”? Think Again!

Business Continuity is Essential for Every Company

Despite all the ways that smart working has come to dominate the conversation in office work, for many small businesses, the practice still seems a bridge too far.

Sure, governments and private citizens alike are clamoring for quarantines and social distancing. But that doesn’t always translate to localized players deciding to start smart working themselves.

It seems a risky investment, for one thing, as the ROI on it is unclear. For another, smart working still carries a certain connotation of high-earning salespeople or companies set up with a scenic view of the downtown skyline — painting the picture of a luxury that more humbly sized teams can’t afford. Continue reading

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Craft the Perfect Work-from-Home Policy

Key Guidelines for Managers

When setting up a remote team, technology isn’t the only hurdle a manager has to overcome. To make sure you have all your ducks in a row, you’ll also need a solid work-from-home policy.

Sound hard? Getting the fine details down may be difficult, but fortunately, creating a basic outline for your agreement is actually quite straightforward. Just focus on the following principles and you’ll be able to craft a transparent and fully compliant policy. Continue reading

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The Concrete Value Found in the Cloud

Data Shows What Drives Digital Transformation

For all the changes we talk about in telecommunications, few hang as heavy as the Cloud.

A largely invisible entity, the Cloud can be easy to ignore. But its presence is nevertheless undeniable. Cavell Group analyst Dominic Black, among others, points out that by 2025 there will be over 32 million Cloud communications users in Europe alone — double the amount from 2020. Continue reading

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Smart Working with Slow Internet

Smart Working with Slow Internet

Smart Working with Slow Internet

Six Tips to Work Beyond Your Connection Speed

So, you’ve finally got the green light to move ahead with smart working. Your employer’s given you the OK, your remote-working tech is all in gear and you’ve even set up a totally profesh home office.

By all measures, you should be good to blaze ahead with working from home!

…Right? Continue reading

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Let’s Get Flexible: Entice and Retain Employees with a Work-from-Home Option

Attracting talent to your company is no longer just a measure of benefits and salary. In today’s job market, employees are looking for something more.

They’re interested in flexible work conditions—not only in terms of when they can work, but where.

More and more, workers are souring on having to come into the office every day. That’s something smart employers have picked up on, instead offering the prospect of working from home using the internet and web communication tools. Continue reading

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