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HYBRID WORKING IS THE NEW NORMAL

HYBRID WORKING IS THE NEW NORMAL

THE WORKPLACE HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY

As restrictions lift, we’re entering a period of hybrid work for many businesses – a combination of the office environment and  home working setup.

There are so many benefits to embracing this way of working – not only can it drastically reduce operational costs, employees’ lose the commute and so reap the benefits in terms of not only their finances, but work-life balance too. The reduction in commuting also has a hugely positive impact on the planet.

A recent study found that 90% of employees who have worked from home during the pandemic would like to continue to do so. (Cardiff and Southampton Universities)

In addition to this, 86% of companies recently surveyed said they would embrace a mix of home and office working. (BBC)

Of course this way of working comes with its challenges and is not as simple as sending your employees home with their laptop overnight!

Many businesses are using systems that are simply not equipped for hybrid working. The right modern technology is the key to ensuring our employees can switch from one work environment to another without interruption. So, what type of tools and solutions should businesses be prioritising?

MICROSOFT MODERN WORKPLACE

Microsoft Modern Workplace is an excellent example a great place to start with your considerations. This is a suite of Microsoft 365 technologies and apps that are designed to meet your businesses hybrid working needs. It is capable of automating time-consuming tasks across your business, boosting productivity and allowing employees to become more efficient.

  • Microsoft 365 (+ all of the latest Office applications)
  • Exchange Online (Email)
  • OneDrive / SharePoint for your file storage and document management needs
  • Azure AD, Azure Information Protection and Data Loss Prevention technologies
  • Enterprise Mobility + Security – a security solution designed for the cloud-first, mobile-first era that helps protect your organisation from cyber threats
  • Productivity apps such as Microsoft Teams
  • The Power Suite (Power BI & Power Automate) – for streamlining workflows and visualising data

IS YOUR BUSINESS ‘HYBRID READY’?

Cloud technology has been hailed a hero for businesses during the pandemic. Some were already accustomed to working in the cloud, and it’s now an integral part of the workplace with 94% of businesses using the cloud in some form.

At INFINITY, we’re passionate about helping businesses digitally transform their operations and have helped many businesses in the transition to remote and hybrid working. If you would like more information or support on preparing for hybrid working, please do not hesitate to get in touch. If you’re not sure where to start with reviewing your current setup, consider a professional cloud readiness assessment.

RECENT CLOUD CASE STUDY: STUART TURNER LIMITED

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