Staff prefer working from home

Do your staff prefer working from home? It seems that 9 out of 10 workers would like the option to work from home. Take a look at this article https://www.verdict.co.uk/working-from-home.

The spread of home working is opening up a new range of possibilities for the way businesses can work and structure themselves.

As well as opportunities and benefits, home working brings new responsibilities for the employer and employee. Employees with 26 weeks service have a statutory right to request flexible-working arrangements such as home working and you have to seriously consider such requests.

Staff prefer working from home

Your staff can be just as effective working from home. Make sure they have the correct set up, access to data and communications to contact clients and colleagues.

So, do your staff prefer working from home? We compare working from home to working in the office.

Advantages of employees working from home

With increasing numbers of employees working at home – or using home as a working base for at least part of the week – it’s clear there are a number of benefits for business, such as:

  • Improved employee retention – home working can help retain employees with an otherwise long daily commute.
  • Access to a wider pool of applicants – for example, such as those from more geographically remote areas, or people who may prefer to work from home.
  • Possible productivity gains – due to fewer interruptions, allowing more focused work.
  • Increased staff motivation – with staff having a better work/life balance.
  • Financial benefits – savings on office space and other facilities.
  • Convenience – ability to locate sales staff near clients rather than in your premises.
  • Better work/life balance – employees working from home can lead to improvements in health and well-being.

Advantages of employees working from the office

Though there are some benefits to employees working at the office:

  • Monitoring performance – it is easier to manage office workers and monitor their performance.
  • Cost of working from the office – costs will be lower for each employee to work at the office. No training and providing suitable equipment will be required. This includes adaptations to meet health and safety standards within the home office environment.
  • Staff development – easier to maintain staff development and upgrading skills.
  • Information security risk – less risk of data leakage.
  • Reduced isolation – home working can be lonely.
  • Increased staff morale – it is easier for a team to bond in the same location.
  • Some jobs can not be done at home.
  • Better work/life balance – employees working away from home can lead to improvements in health and well-being.

A shift towards home working doesn’t mean employees have to work only at home. Often splitting time between home and the workplace is the most productive solution and you may want the homeworker to attend meetings to keep them fully involved and informed.

LIS are here to assist you with the transition of home working. Our experienced IT professionals can advise on improving remote worker capabilities and keep critical systems working. We can also advise on the best way to keep ICT equipment clean and hygienic for hot desking and shared areas. Contact us for more information.

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Work from home forever?

Would you allow your staff to work from home forever? How’s working from home going for your business? Would you make it a permanent option for some staff? Twitter has taken a bold step and allowed its people to work from home forever if they want to. Read the full story about how one of the world’s leading social media platforms are revolutionizing working from home forever.

Work from home forever

Twitter have advised employees they can work from home forever. What does the future hold?

Other companies planning to work from home forever

Shopify

Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify (SHOP), announced that the world of work has been turned on its head. “Office centricity is over,” he tweeted. “As of today, Shopify is a digital by default company. Shopify is an ecommerce platform for small businesses and therefore will keep its offices closed until 2021. This year, Shopify will rework its physical spaces for this new reality. As a result, most employees will be working from home on a permanent basis.

“Until recently, work happened in the office. We’ve always had some people remote and will use the Internet as a bridge to the office. This will reverse now,” Lutke tweeted. “The future of the office is to act as an on-ramp to the same digital workplace that you can access from your #WFH setup.”

Groupe PSA

French automaker PSA announced a “new era of agility,” in which its non-production staff will work remotely from now on. “Given the positive experience and efficient measures already taken in the context of the Covid-19 crisis. In other words they have decided to strengthen teleworking and make it the benchmark for activities not directly related to production”.

PSA will reduce its real estate footprint by redesigning its offices and allow for in-person collaboration when. Above all the main plan for our colleagues is to achieve a better work-life balance and have easier commutes.

In conclusion, the new work from home plan will start in the summer said PSA, the maker of Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall.

Contact the LIS Help desk to make sure your team have the same facilities as the workplace. We can set up secure access to all your data, provide IT support remotely and make sure your business is fully functional.

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Admin Forwarding

We announced last month that Lodge Information Services (LIS) launched its latest product The Office 365 Security Package. This is part three of the package, focusing on Admin Forwarding.

One of the biggest concerns within any business is IT security. The rising use of the cloud and mobile devices has bought with it cost savings. As a result, there are increased data security risks. Take a look at our latest video below for more information.

 

Get notifications when a new admin account or changes are made to Office 365 accounts with admin forwarding. This ensures you are in control of your data and documents. Impressive!

LIS act fast, with a simple click of a button the LIS helpdesk will advise you of any changes that are detected. We will also email you weekly reports about any admin changes to your accounts

Our Office 365 Security Package is a bundle of software tools

The package works continuously on Microsoft Office 365 accounts. They provide genuine protection benefits that EVERY business ought to have. We manage EVERYTHING for you. It’s all in our hands, which is exactly how it should be. Giving you peace of mind to allow you to concentrate on your business.

Download our Office 365 A Risky Business booklet to find our more.

Track admin login access for your employees. With admin monitoring you do not need to remember when they have logged out. Do not worry if you have not turned permissions off as we will alert you. Your team will have access to data at the right time, ensuring your company files are safe and secure.

LIS can help your company to protect your IT system. As a result, making sure the outside your team have the right access. Giving you peace of mind that your files are safe. We take care of your IT security to enable you to concentrate on your business!

Contact us to make sure you are protected.

SharePoint Makes Working Easier

SharePoint makes working easier by allowing its users to work remotely and have full access to data. It’s is like having a mobile office without worrying about security or space to store paperwork. Today’s business environment is drastically different from that of the past. Employees are working remotely. Regulatory requirements are changing and evolving. Organizations are under increased pressure to work more effectively. They also need to collaborate with greater ease and serve customers more efficiently. Take a look at our new video about how SharePoint makes remote working easier.

How can companies meet these changing needs while improving overall ROI and gaining the ability to make better business decisions? Microsoft SharePoint is a valuable tool that increases productivity. In fact, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies are using SharePoint. However, does this solution make sense for your business?

Benefits of using Microsoft SharePoint

Working remotely as a team is really important right now, with many of us sat in different places. Businesses need to make sure that all their staff and sub-contractors have access to the correct files, folders and data storage. SharePoint is a great tool to help you do that.

It works with Microsoft 365 to connect your team and allow them to create, safely store and share documents online. You can set up team sites for projects, where your people can collaborate on documents. As well as allowing you to create an intranet for your business. Which is a great way to stay connected to what’s happening, where and with whom.

SharePoint makes working easier by sharing news with colleagues, access forms, lists and libraries of information. That’s vital when we can’t all be in the same place. There’s also a mobile app, so your team can stay updated on group news when they’re not at their big screen. The system is cloud-based and allows you to access everything in one place. This is perfect for working from home, back in the workplace or a hybrid setup.

For more information or to set up SharePoint for your business get in touch today to see how LIS can help you.

Google Assistant Commands

Google’s voice-activated AI tool – AKA Google Assistant – is getting smarter and more useful with every new update. Been a while since you used it last? You might be surprised by the huge number of tasks it can now help with. Wondering what to say to your Google Assistant? Here’s a list of every command for your Google Nest speaker or display.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/every-google-assistant-command-for-your-nest-speaker-or-display

What are the best Google Home commands?

It’s difficult to rank all the best Google Home commands because every homeowner’s needs, daily routines and ecosystem of connected devices are different. However, specific skills below are our favourites because we believe they are useful to a large number of Google Assistant or Google Home users. Especially right now, with the majority of people staying home.

One of the best Google Assistant commands at the moment is finding out what’s new on Netflix, or what the best Netflix shows are. It may sound simple, or something you can look up on your phone or TV. When you can’t figure out what your next binge should be, why not let Google Home make the decision for you. Its curation of weekly highlights eliminates the hours spent searching for what’s new on Netflix — you’ll be starting a new series in just minutes.

Google Assistant Commands

Stuck inside and need entertaining? Google Assistant can help with games, fitness routines and dinner ideas,

Now would be a great time to get acquainted with a new language, too. Google Translate’s powerhouse of tools integrate with some third-party educational language programs to get you speaking another one in no time. My Berlitz Coach puts you through real-life conversation scenarios. Using multiple choice quizzes to teach you whatever language you might want to learn.

As a smart home platform, many of the best Google Home commands apply to the best smart home devices. Use Google Home to turn on your lights, change the temperature of your thermostat and see who rang the doorbell.

Conclusion

Google Assistant is a powerful tool to set alarms, reminders, look up info and more. You can even use it to interpret other languages or make calls to friends and family. Plus, it’s great for entertainment at parties where you or guests want to show off your newest musical interests.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your Google requirements or any other help with IT issues on 01245 323900 or email enquiries@lisltd.co.uk.

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