Annodata 5 ways to be more productive at work
Staying connected is the key to never missing a beat no matter where your employees are. Think back to the last time all of your employees were in the office, at their desks, on the same day. Having trouble? Between travel schedules and off-site meetings, remote staff and teleworkers, flexible schedules and sick days, its no wonder that having everyone in the office at the same time has become a rarity. Balance that with the fact that in todays competitive business climate, organisations are driven and employees are measured by achieving results, and its clear how important it is to maintain productivity no matter where staff are located. But its not always easy to do. Here are five ways you can improve employee productivity in your organisation.
5 WAYS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORKIMPROVING PRODUCTIVITYGet in touch:Telephone: +44 1923 333 333 Find out more: www.annodata.co.uk5 WAYS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORKStaying connected is the key to never missing a beat no matter where your employees are.Think back to the last time all of your employees were in the office, at their desks, on the same day. Having trouble? Between travel schedules and off-site meetings, remote staff and teleworkers, flexible schedules and sick days, its no wonder that having everyone in the office at the same time has become a rarity.Balance that with the fact that in todays competitive business climate, organisations are driven and employees are measured by achieving results, and its clear how important it is to maintain productivity no matter where staff are located. But its not always easy to do. Here are five ways you can improve employee productivity in your organisation.5 WAYS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORKANNODATAIncreasingly, work is de ned as what you do, not somewhere you go. In fact, 54 per cent of information workers work from a location other than their companys of ce once a week or more, according to Forresters Forrsights data. Th e traditional of ce space is quickly becoming a place to meet up with colleagues when a face-to-face is in order. So where are todays employees working, if not at the of ce? With answers that include home, remote sites, customer of ces, airports, hotels and even the car, the question is, where arent they working?To ensure employees can be productive from anywhere, its important to afford them all the same communication tools they would have access to in the offi ce. Remote employees and teleworkers should have phones that allow them to use all the same features that in-offi ce workers have, including extension dialling, call forwarding, voicemail, etc.Mobile workers should have the ability to use their mobile phones as seamlessly with the rest of the companys communications infrastructure as they would on their desk phone. Th ose who come into the offi ce occasionally have the ability to log into a desk phone, make and take calls, have access to messages, set preferences and speed dials through the hot desking capability. And for workers in highly mobile industries like retail, cordless handsets or wireless headsets can be provided. All of these capabilities ensure workers are productive from anywhere.5 WAYS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORK#01EMPOWER YOUR EMPLOYEESTO WORK FROM ANYWHERE.Mobile workers should have the ability to use their mobile phones as they would their desk phoneANNODATAWorkers should have the same communication experience no matter what device being used, a desk phone, company-issued mobile phone, personal mobile phone or tablet. Having a communications system that integrates with all devices is key, especially as more and more companies allow users to choose their mobile device or indeed use their own mobile device for work.Forresters Forrsights data shows that more than 60 per cent of information workers would prefer to choose the smartphone or tablet they use for work while 47 per cent would prefer to use a single smartphone for work and personal purposes. But no matter your organisations device policy, whats important to the individual is never having to change the communication process depending on where they are and what device is being used.Single enterprise identity is the feature to look for in a communications system that gives users one directory entry (extension) and one voice mailbox that can be used across multiple devices. Th at means employees have only one number to give out and one voice mailbox to check and manage, allowing the user to choose the mobile device or tablet that is best suited to his or her needs and personal choice.5 WAYS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORKENCOURAGE USER CHOICEOF TECHNOLOGY.Employees can have only one number to give out and one voice mailbox to check and manageANNODATA#02Because organisations and employees are distributed, seeing if a specific co-worker is available for a question is more difficult than peering across the office. But time should not be wasted tracking down colleagues, especially in a day and age when decisions must be made in the moment.Access to presence information is a huge time saver. Simply offering presence information can give an accurate picture of an individuals availability. Presence information is made available through the corporate directory, allowing employees easy access to one another and to make much better communication decisions knowing who is available and who is busy. Rather than leaving endless voice messages or waiting for an email reply, employees can contact each other when they are available or contact another colleague if their first choice is busy or away.Presence information can let you know when colleagues are available for instant messaging, telephone calls and video conferencing, so you can choose how best to work together. Of course, presence information is only helpful when people use it. But how often do workers walk away from their computers without remembering to change their presence status? Sophisticated presence software updates statuses automatically.For instance: Calendar information can identify meetings and make the individual busy and route calls to voicemail, if so desired. When in the car, identifying a Bluetooth connection can set a status to mobile and route calls to that mobile device. Smart device GPS settings can recognise locations of frequently visited locations, such as an offi ce or a home location and route calls to a desk phone or a teleworker handset in the home offi ce.5 WAYS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORKFACILITATE FASTER COMMUNICATION TO A GEOGRAPHICALLY DISPERSED WORK GROUP.ANNODATA#03TURN YOUR CONTACT CENTRE INTO A DISTRIBUTED CENTRE OFCUSTOMER EXCELLENCE.Whatever the purpose of your contact centre customer care, technical support, billing, sales it is almost certainly a highly results-driven part of your organisation. Your customers need to be directed to the right person the rst time and every time, no matter what medium theyre contacting you through, including telephone, instant message, social media, email, etc.As with the rest of your organisation, the contact centre is no longer a place where employees converge to do their jobs. Like many other workers, contact centre agents can perform their jobs from remote locations, home offi ces or even a mobile device. Forresters Forrsights data reports that 82 per cent of fi rms in Europe and North America are either planning to or have implemented support for home workers in their contact centres*.Th ere are several key benefi ts to allowing contact centre agents to work from anywhere. One is that your hiring pool grows exponentially. You can look well outside your region for talented workers without having to worry about whether theyre willing to relocate. Youll also be able to attract top talent, as working from home is a huge draw for many.Another major benefi t of allowing contact centre agents to work from home is staffi ng. It becomes easy to staff up for peak seasons, such as November and December within the retail industry or leading up to new academic yearwithin colleges and universities. You can even choose to staff up for peak hours of the day, as home workers are much more likely to agree to split shifts as compared with in-offi ce workers.In an economy where more and more people are looking for fl exible working, opportunities for agents to be based at home is a win for the employer and a win for the employee who can enjoy fl exible hours and avoid daily commuting.5 WAYS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORK*Forrester Research, Inc., Forrsights Networks and Telecommunications Survey, Q1 2013ANNODATA#04For mobile workers, as with all employees, the key to being productive and effective is having information at their fingertips. Giving workers a single number they can be reached at and offering up presence information on their availability and instant message capabilities are essential.But what about for the times that a voice call or IM isnt enough? How many times have you wished you could easily and instantly share documents or hop on a video call with a colleague in order to get something worked through?Unfortunately, sharing documents and engaging in multiparty conference calls or video calls have traditionally been cumbersome to set up and almost always require a separate session. And who knows when the expert you need to collaborate with will even be available again.Advanced communications systems make audio and video conferencing, desktop and application sharing a natural act, enabling dispersed teams to work together more effectively. Th e fact of the matter is that organisations and employees are only going to become more and more dispersed. But with the right tools in place, communication and collaboration among colleagues can be more productive and effi cient than ever.5 WAYS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORKENABLE WORKERS TO MAKE FASTER DECISIONS.Advanced communications systems make audio and video conferencing, desktop and application sharing a natural actANNODATA#05