Olympics 2012 is an opportunity for businesses to think long-term and establish more productive working practices.
We’ve had the record-breaking rain, the teething problems, even the odd fiasco – but really, what British event would be complete without them? The fact is, London is now well and truly raring to go for the Olympics. Even the sun has come to the party. But let’s not jinx it by talking about it too much.
If you’re a business owner in the capital, it’s likely you’ll have considered how the Olympics is going to affect you. This may be a daunting prospect, but it’s also a brilliant opportunity to establish new, more productive working practices.
Being stuck in a traffic jam or elbow-to-elbow on a delayed train is no way to carry on business as usual. By getting a remote working solution in place an organisation can call on those resources immediately in the event of unforeseen circumstances, knowing that they work in practice.
Whether it’s attending a virtual meeting, training session or accessing vital files securely, a remote working solution can ensure continuity and a ‘business as usual’ approach is maintained, even if you or your staff can’t physically make it into the office.
Get the business onboard
It’s not too late to implement an operational change such as remote working. There will be new systems and new ways of working to get used to and this may seem challenging. However, if ever there was a time to reduce business travel time and cost, and improve work-life balance, it’s now.
You can make the transition to new solutions and strategies smoother by implementing them step by step. Plan out a strategy that takes account of likely workforce interruptions, emphasise the benefits to staff and the business, and you’ll take control of what in the past may have been an unpredictable situation.
Get specialist support
So you’re ready to go. Even so, it can be hard to know where to start. Fortunately there are specialist providers out there who are able to offer support throughout the transition. By using bespoke hosted solutions, easy-to-use technologies can be put in place rapidly with best practice in mind. These solutions also tend to be very cost-effective as there is little up-front investment and you only pay for what you require.
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