Wednesday, 10 February 2021
As the vaccine rollout gathers pace it's time for people, and business, to start to think about their post-COVID plans.
We have spoken to many of our clients who have moved to a 'work from home solution' about their plans post lockdown and they typically fall into one of three situations:
- Everybody back to the office and business as usual
- A flexible working solution with people working from home and the office
- Closing the office and everyone continuing to work from home
As well as considering the well-being of your staff, any potential social distancing measures you may still need to implement, and how your clients/customers are going to be operating, below outlines some of the things to consider from a telecoms point of view as you plan your post lockdown operations:
Business as Usual
For businesses moving back to the office with plans to be business as usual, its likely everything is in place and ready to go already, however with video calling becoming the way to do business and proving so popular, it is definitely here to stay.
Regardless of whether your staff are back in the office or not, is your office broadband going to cope with 10 staff members all online for a video call at once? Is it time to consider upgrading your broadband ready for post lockdown?
For those planning a hybrid solution, is your current office space still fit for purpose? Do you need to down-size? Are your systems in place to communicate with people in and out of the office? If you are looking to relocate, have you considered the broadband and telephony setup when you get there? Private fibre services can take months to get installed, so if you are relocating, now is the time to be looking to make sure services are installed and live ready for your return.
Working From Home Permanently
If you have already decided to work from home it's likely your systems are already in place to do this and it is just a case of shutting the doors on the office. Have you considered how to keep your business number when you cease your landline services? Or how to keep your staff communicating remotely? Is their home broadband up to speed, and what provision can you put in place to ensure it is?
Regardless of your situation, we can help with all of the above. Whether it be a quick check to advise on broadband options at a shortlist of potential new offices and arranging the move of your landline numbers, or just helping to make sure you're up to speed at your current office get in touch and we can advise on the options for you.
Written by one of our Senior Consultants, Martin.
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'Now that COVID-19 vaccines are finally here, employers have begun looking ahead to an eventual full return to the workplace in the coming months. But even though their offices may look exactly as they did last spring when most white-collar organizations shifted to remote operations, they will find that things will be very different, say Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty who study the work world.'