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How will the new flexible working changes affect your business?

flexible-working

A recent change in the law now gives all employees the right to request flexible working. But what does this really mean and how will it impact upon your business?

Firstly, this is a change that is more about closing a loophole than anything else. There has never been a law to say that employees cannot ask about flexible working. However, there was a law stating that carers and those looking after children could request flexible working. This change will prevent future claims of discrimination against non-carers. In reality this means that anyone can request flexible working from their employer, who in turn has an obligation to provide it, and certainly should not actively discriminate against it.

Flexible working has increased significantly in recent years, in fact, according to the TUC last year, the number of people working from home has increased by 13 per cent in the last five years. According to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills around 20 million workers will be able to request flexible working provision. Whilst flexible working is not right for every business or everyone within a business, for many people it can provide a solution to improving work life balance, increasing productivity and helping with things such as childcare.

One of the main challenges in providing delivering flexible working is providing secure access to company IT systems such as Email, Files and Communications. The paradox of having to open up your critical IT Systems to remote users, whilst protecting your data and information is something that requires significant thought for each organisation, not to mention user training, equipment and also access to decent broadband.

That said, with the increased adoption of Cloud Technology, improvements in Fixed & Mobile Broadband and the proliferation of Smartphones & Tablet devices in the work place, you can now access information from pretty much anywhere. All of your key business tools such as Email, Calendars, Documents, Telephony, Accounting and Marketing applications can run over the internet, from the office, home or on the move.

How can we help? 

iSuite is currently offering a free of charge flexible working consultation, consisting of an initial assessment followed up with a full report to detail the potential cost savings, risks and benefits to your business. We can also offer a range of solutions to help your business offer flexible working to your employees. If you would like to book a consultation please  contact us.

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Going green with the Cloud

It is fair to say that as the economy recovers, Climate Change and Green Policies will have an increasingly profound impact on the way we live and work. Whatever your personal views on the causes of climate change and whether you believe it or not, it is fair to say given the current scientific evidence that pretty soon, policy makers will have to curb use of fossil fuels and this will impact business.
 
Technology also has a role to play in the solution, for example by using Cloud Applications for collaboration such as Skype, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Lync, Zoho Meeting and Citrix GoToMeeting you can meet with your colleagues, suppliers, prospects and clients virtually, without having to travel. This not only reduces carbon footprint but also lowers your travel costs and lessens travel time between meetings making you more efficient. In addition, moving to a Hosted or Cloud Computing environment can also significantly lower your use of power and energy. Rather than having your own server plugged in in the office, within a Datacentre many ‘virtual’ servers can be shared on a single ‘physical’ server, lowering the overall carbon footprint significantly.
 
If you would like to talk to iSuite about how the Cloud can help you reduce your carbon footprint, decrease your energy usage or save your costs, please contact us for a free no obligation review.