Do you need to work from the office to maximise employee productivity?

Recently, there’s been a significant amount of media attention on different company policies around teleworking and flexible working practices. This has sparked a lively debate across the internet; opinions have been cast for and against this transformation in culture. So, will this action have any repercussions on employee motivation and productivity?

The availability of remote and flexible working options can potentially improve employee morale, and worker productivity. A recent poll conducted by Staples Advantage (March 2013) found that 93% of US employees believed that working away from the office was beneficial for staff and managers. The research also showed the 75% of business decision makers noticed that employees were happier when they were allowed to work remotely and 53% said they were more productive.  Some industry leaders believe that in-person interaction will provide improved office productivity, by allowing for impromptu meetings and a closer working environment. The Power of In-Person study – sponsored by Cisco and The Economist – notes that the top motivations for in-person interactions are to resolve major problems more efficiently and create a business opportunity quickly by communicating. There is no doubt that face-to-face communication is beneficial to business relationships, but to reap the benefits, employees do not necessarily need to be in the office.

Organisations are certainly showing strong signs that the future workplace will not be confined to the office. A recent Cisco TechWatch study showed that 76% of companies expect to move to a next-generation workspace structure (investment in collaboration and IT infrastructure) within three years. This indicates that organisations are prepared to make the leap to a new environment, investing in technology that enables their employees to work flexibly and remotely.

Cisco Jabber is a unified communications solution that can future-proof your business and maximise workforce potential. It can enhance productivity by speeding up business processes and unifying communication tools into a single interface. It integrates voice, video, instant messaging, presence, voice messaging and conferencing capabilities which are all available in one application. The wide variety of options available allows you to choose the most suitable communication method for your specific need.

Take a look at the Cisco Jabber Interactive Hub and you will get the opportunity to watch videos, download whitepapers and case studies which will show you how effective remote and flexible working practices can be for organisation and employee productivity. Discover how Cisco Jabber can unify employee and business communications, creating a more connected workforce.

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