Ditching the commute with the help of UC

Tackling the stress and wasted time of commuting, Skype for Business provides organisations with real-time productivity tools that enable teams to work virtually anywhere, on any device. 

25 June 2018

It’s hard to deny that we’re a nation of commuters, just over half of UK workers spend an hour or more each day travelling to and from work. And while the train is our most popular choice of transportation to and from the office, it certainly isn’t the most efficient. In fact, 322,000 working days were lost to strike action in 2016 - an increase of 89% on the year before. If you thought that almost an hour’s commute each way was bad, incredibly 1 in 4 Brits spends nearly 30 days a year on commuting alone – that’s 3 hours a day, or 1.5 hours each way. It’s easy to see how the hours mount up! Unsurprisingly this is reflected in worker wellbeing; some 82% of remote workers report lower stress levels compared with their office-based counterparts.

Tackling the stress and wasted time of commuting, Skype for Business provides organisations with real-time productivity tools that enable teams to work virtually anywhere, on any device. Combining instant messaging, presence and conferencing with full Enterprise Voice, Skype for Business can replace your traditional PBX telephone system in one easy-to-use interface, freeing your staff from their office commute and empowering them to be flexible. And when it comes to unlocking the benefits of remote working, we should consider more than just communication; with technologies like Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business you also gain encryption and Enterprise-level security provided by Office 365, so your most valuable data is always secure - even on-the-go.

So what do most companies gain when they allow UC solutions to remove the commuting need? Many studies indicate an improvement in staff recruitment and retention levels. This is particularly pronounced for the younger generation, who will represent 75% of the workforce in 2030. In the US, 68% of job seeking Millennials said an option to work remotely would greatly increase their interest in specific employers.


It all starts with people

With any company-wide change, such as the introduction of remote working, attention must be focused on ensuring staff are both comfortable and feel empowered by the solutions you are implementing. To achieve this, GCI have developed our own e-learning portal which helps end users discover the benefits and uses of Office 365 and Skype for Business - UCversity. Offering on-demand education in multiple formats - including video content, e-learning and a Yammer Q&A community – GCI’s UCversity is hosted online and is available any time. Driving user adoption across your organisation in this way ensures users can learn at their own pace and have their questions answered in a virtual environment.
But what about gaining visibility on adoption once your users are fully trained? Here’s where UC Analytics comes into play. Offering a real-time snapshot, UC Analytics from GCI is a monitoring and reporting tool which delivers a 360° insight into your UC usage and associated costs. Producing reports on the usage of voice, video, IM, video conferences, file transfers and application sharing, UC Analytics ultimately provides you with a greater, richer insight into your adoption, employee productivity, call quality and costs.
Return on Investment is crucial for any business. That’s why at GCI we offer the above solutions, plus consultancy services to make certain that any investment made truly empowers users…because having a Ferrari in the garage is pointless if you don’t have the keys.
To learn more about Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams, or our own UCversity and UC Analytics solutions, get in touch at enquiries@gcicom.net to book a demonstration.

Daniel Bruce

Digital Marketing Executive


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