Over the past month, the majority of UK Businesses in the Service Sector have moved their operations and staff to home-working environments. Whilst working in an office environment has its place, there are many advantages to working from home, which benefit both the employer and employee.
We have seen some big changes in the way businesses operate over the past 15 years; changes that have helped ease the transition to this current home-working environment. Whilst working from home is not yet mainstream, it may be that the events of the past few weeks could help bring a home revolution.
Here we look at the top 5 revolutionary changes in business practice that have positively impacted the way we work and perhaps brought us a new dawn from the darkness:
Fax to Email:
It may be a distant memory but there were days when trying to get a contract submitted to a supplier was even crazier than it is now. A time when fax machines were the height of tech fashion and the majority of suppliers would not accept scanned copies of contracts (mainly because a hard copy document was required for lock-in)
The contract would be submitted by a fax machine in the hope that the supplier contact was waiting at their fax machine at the other end to pick up the document. A follow-up call seconds after sending the fax put the icing on the cake for one of history’s most inefficient tech processes in the energy industry.
Printers to Paperless:
Do you remember the days when your desk was covered in paperwork? Contracts, meeting notes, query documents and lots of letters appearing daily in your “pigeon-hole”. Well, this is now all a thing of the past (does your company even own a printer?) with most documents now stored and distributed online. Printing out a document and giving it to one of your colleagues rather than sending it to them via email or Slack is now seen as a big taboo.
Local Servers to The Cloud:
Remember those Monday’s when servers would go down? Everybody sitting at their desks not knowing what to do. Well, this all changed with cloud computing. Why pay for expensive hardware when you can subscribe to a cheaper, safer and far more efficient service?
Manual Signature to Electronic Signature:
Although this revolution is still on-going, we have seen big leaps towards suppliers adopting electronic signatures over the past couple of years. We are so reliant on computers that it is now generally accepted that your IP address holds the same legal weight as your signature. Moving to electronic signatures has seen a further reduction in paper being used in the workplace and an increase in efficiency.
Landline to Company Mobile:
Gone are the days when leaving the confines of the office would make you entirely uncontactable… Or for that matter annual leave being an official absence from the business. That all changed when company mobiles were rolled out to Sales teams.
Mobiles have evolved and so too have the apps which are readily (and freely) available. We’ve moved to a world where employees can do most of their job anywhere in the world – as long as they have connectivity.
We at UtilityClick are a software company. Our whole business has been built around remote working and we are lucky to be well-positioned for the transition to working from home for UK businesses. It will be interesting to see whether all businesses revert back to office working or continue to embrace the benefits of home-working.
We know that TPI’s out there have their own contingency plans in place and we have seen on Social Media how well everybody is managing the transition. However, if you do want more of an insight into how we operate then please feel free to give us a shout and we can give you a more detailed overview.