Need For Cloud UC Greater Than Ever
The phrase "cloud unified communications" used to carry significant buzzword status. People were presented with the idea of constant enterprise network access and didn't know what to think. Is it just a trend? A phase to be ignored until it goes away? As time moves forward and a younger set of professionals begin to join the workforce, more organizations are finding these ideas to be far from the truth. Careers these days are seen as means to an end by many workers and not as the ultimate achievement. As such, employees are spending more time outside of the physical office thanks to the cloud.
"UC [has] finally become practical for all forms of business communications," analyst Art Rosenberg said in a recent interview with UCStrategies. "Firstly, that is because most end users are carrying multimodal smartphones and tablets with them at all times (BYOD), thus enabling the flexibility of UC for both initiating any kind of contact, as well as for being a recipient of a contact. This will be particularly useful for near real-time messaging communications, which will be more efficient for mobile end-users' accessibility and time."
Clearly, cloud UC is a major asset to enterprises of all sorts. Thanks to modern technology, many professionals are able to work outside of the office more effectively than ever before. Their employers are responding to this by enabling cloud-based assets, as it often results in higher morale and increased productivity. This is something that more organizations are discovering every day, and it is helping to redefine the concept of work in the 21st century.
More Companies Going Mobile First
The rise of unified communications is not limited to a handful of "hip" businesses and industries. Rather, it is taking hold in every kind of company - from small businesses looking to cut costs while increasing visibility to major corporations attempting to streamline their networks. But it is undeniable that the push for greater daily mobility is thanks in large part to a change in millennial perceptions regarding jobs and careers. Telecommuting, thanks to the availability of the cloud, is becoming a much more popular and sought-after option for daily operations.
"The American workplace is changing," wrote TMCnet contributor Daniel Brecht. "Today, more people are telecommuting and employers try to create a better work-life balance for employees; this is an essential element of career satisfaction. Telecommuting allows employees to work from home, even if only on certain days. Flextime allows workers to accommodate individual needs, such as running errands, picking up children or going to appointments. Implementing employment policies and programs that are both employee and family-friendly has proved to have a positive effect on retention."
Many professionals these days are making the option to telecommute a major priority when looking for a job. As a business, being able to enable remote working is a great way to increase employee satisfaction while attracting top young talent. Having the autonomy to work outside the office when one so chooses or needs to represents very modern notions of how to treat team members. It implies a certain level of trust and improves the way that many staffers view their position and worth within the organization.
Trust Should Not Be A Concern
There are plenty of businesses who hesitate on adopting cloud UC. One of the major reasons is because they believe managing remote staffers will be more difficult and working from home can provide distractions from the work day. But while management styles may have to change to reflect new technology and programs, many companies are finding that employees are more than able to telecommute with success.
"Although some companies are worried that allowing employees more flexibility or the ability to work remotely could hinder their ability to get work done, it has actually been observed that these measures can boost employee engagement and lead to better job performance," stated Brecht. "Consequently, businesses are implementing more virtual workplaces today; they are recruiting remote talents from all over the world with different skill sets and are offering various schedules to widen their applicants' pools."
The nature of modern technology is changing the way that people look at their jobs. There is a legitimate desire to work with supervisors and employers in order to facilitate the greatest amount of convenience for the staffer in question. Laying out expectations and strategies that satisfy both parties in this matter will be critical, and will most likely involve things like regular video conferences in order to keep progress on-track with expectations.
Staying Relevant With Unified Communications
The fact of the matter is that cloud UC is becoming essential. People require the ability to work in the ways that most make sense to them, and common needs are increasingly related to mobility and the cloud. In order for companies to keep up with the demands of their staffers and the present day, unified communications systems in the cloud will be critical to possess.