By Damian Hanson, Co-Founder & Director of CircleLoop
The progressive evolution of working methods has driven change across the global business landscape. In other words, the growth in popularity of remote working has challenged traditional means of business communication post-COVID. As a result, businesses are now adopting advantageous workplace tech to improve their methods of communication and continue to evolve in an increasingly digital working world.
In-person coworking is no longer a contributing factor to productivity in the workplace. The diminishing importance of working together in the same physical space calls for the immediate adoption of new and more flexible tools. In order to support this new way of working, business communications must adapt to meet the needs of this modern era. Giving employees the freedom of being physically mobile, and on a global scale, will promote greater business efficiency in the growing trend of geographically dispersed teams.
Advantages of Distributed Teams
The prominent rise in remote working and distributed teams ought to be a win-win for both employees and businesses alike. Whilst this depends on the type of business, the approach could be a new-age answer to the desire for a better work-life balance that offers the least cost to businesses.
Allowing work in distributed teams provides far greater flexibility for both employers and employees if applied correctly. Not only are they given greater control over when and how they work around core business hours, which may enable time outside of work to be planned and utilised in a more significant way that maximises employee wellbeing, their options of where they live are also expanded. Providing the ability to achieve and manage work-life balance will undoubtedly increase employee satisfaction, wellbeing and improve employee retention as well.
Another potential benefit to businesses of adopting a distributed teams model is being enhanced with a globally diverse pool of talent. The great quantity of talent can help achieve project-specific goals across different regions and time zones, removing geographic boundaries for the better and enabling better coverage of the company’s international environment. Access to a global talent pool also means more professionals to choose from for the hiring process, making it easier to find the right employee with the desired experience and skills.
A Contemporary Tool for Contemporary Businesses
While the advantages of distributed teams are clear, implementing the right technology is essential to enabling this working model. For example; if businesses want to provide employees with the flexibility to work from anywhere, they might consider adopting a cloud-based phone system in place of the traditional desk phones that would have been used in an office.
If a business also wants to improve team efficiency and productivity alongside flexibility, then they should look to find cloud-based phone systems that fully integrate with other platforms and systems used in the business. It will be necessary to ensure that the tech stack developed works together cohesively to manage all the potential scenarios throughout the working day and does not become a drain on company resources.
Cloud-based or remote-enabled communication tools in business are vital for building a modern and future-proof tech stack. With the trend of distributed teams likely to continue, forward-thinking businesses can’t afford to overlook this kind of technology.
Cloud-based telephony supporting distributed teams
In the case of workplace tech, cloud-based telephony eliminates the need for cables, physical desk phones and unnecessary infrastructure required to ensure business communication. The fact that CircleLoop operates on all devices connected to either WiFi or mobile data guarantees that business processes operate seamlessly and reliably by removing the need for one secure location. Cloud-based technology also concentrates on the advancement of features that would otherwise become obsolete to help businesses to upgrade their systems and future-proof their technology.
The app itself is also entirely controlled by the user, as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product, making it a tool that guarantees flexibility across organisations. Cloud-based telephony revolutionises digital communication, guaranteeing seamless linkage between geographically dispersed employees empowering them to stay connected and productive form anywhere in the world.
Going forward into a digital future, business communications need to be easy, flexible and reliable. Most importantly they must solve more issues than they create for organisations looking to grow. Therefore, given the variety of cloud-tech systems available, it will be increasingly necessary that organisations prioritise implementing new tools that integrate seamlessly with their current tech stack whilst adding the additional benefits of flexibility and adaptability.
Future-proofing is the name of the game here for businesses and the company tech stack is the first place to start.