How long is it taking you to get to work each day?
In the IT industry, especially when you have a help desk of engineers fixing problems for clients like we do, being on time and at work is essential to customer satisfaction.
There is a lot of money invested into IT support and security by businesses around London and therefore ensuring you have the right systems in place can make a huge difference to your success and efficiency.
But what happens when something goes wrong?
The number of employees with daily commutes of two hours or more has shot up by nearly a third (31%) over the past five years.
Analysis shows that in 2015, 3.7 million workers had daily commutes of two hours or longer – an increase of 900,000 from 2010 when just 2.8 million were spending more than two hours travelling.
We’ve all been in the situation where trains are delayed or cancelled and therefore turning up to work and almost going through a ritual of telling colleagues about how bad the station was or how unbelievable the traffic was.
Take a marketing assistant for example – they earn, on average, £25,180 per year in London.
They would spend two hours per working day. If they are one hour late for work it costs £12 to the company for someone sitting on a train, on a bus or in a car.
This happening every day for a year would cost £3,132 to the company for literally nothing.
This figure is only increasing as surveys show as one in seven employees are travelling and missing time at work because of delays as opposed to one in nine in 2010.
Due to stagnant wages combined with soaring rents and high house prices in London and the South East – this is leaving workers unable to move to areas closer to their jobs. Along with the lack of investment in roads and railways increasing journey times.
So what is the solution?
Many business owners are rightfully wary of the security hazards inherent in online communications in the cloud.
The truth is that there is no such thing as 100 per cent security, but by speaking to experts like those at Systems IT, you can learn about best practices and the safest ways to make good use of all the fantastic opportunities that cloud computing offers.
Each employee can easily log in to a cloud desktop and access the files they need to work on, while levels of access can be restricted so that specific employees can only access certain projects or files.
Cloud based workflow is also ideal for online cooperation, so multiple employees can access the same project and see updates which are synchronised in real-time.
Just like you are sitting at your desk.
When it comes to performance and productivity, incentives are a key driver. The happier your employees are, the more likely it is that they’ll engage, and the less likely they are to seek another job.
Want to give your staff the ultimate incentive? Do away with the daily commute, and let them log on to a hosted desktop from home. Free everyone from the tyranny of tube stations and traffic jams. Give them the gift of extra hours in the day.
Sir Richard Branson is a massive supporter of home-based working. I mean, who wouldn’t when you live on a tropical island?
But when you don’t have that luxury and have to suffer the morning commute and then something disrupts your daily routine, a remote working solution could put you on cloud nine.