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Make sure mobile working works for you

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IT analyst, IDC has predicted that by 2015 a staggering 1.3 billion people will be remote workers – 37.2 per cent of the global workforce. The Office for National Statistics recently reported the return of cottage industries as almost three million Brits now work from home. Mobile working is on the rise.

The advent of personal computers, smartphones and tablets means people can conduct business from almost anywhere there’s a decent wi-fi connection. This greater flexibility means business people can catch up on work while travelling between appointments, reduce their commutes and fit work around commitments such as childcare.

 

But this increased connectivity means there’s a danger that we never switch off – something that may be putting us at risk.

 

This week, charity Brake called for a ban on the use of hands-free phones in cars. Brake points out that research suggests that 98% of motorists were unable to divide there time without it affecting their driving ability. Of course many will argue that conducting a business call while driving is no different to speaking with another passenger. Yet, the person at the other end of the call won’t stop speaking as you navigate a difficult junction or check for a cyclist in your wing mirror.

 

Stress is another danger zone. Our research shows that as many as one in five workers from across industries are taking time off due to stress. One of the pressure points could be our inability to switch off. With emails on our phones, the temptation to always be on-hand, no matter what time of the day, can be too hard for some to resist. Flexible working means the absence of a 9-5 day can result in longer hours worked that encroach into the personal sphere.

 

These examples are extreme. Remote, mobile and flexible working have improved our ability to adapt and do business with many more people than was previously possible – and it’s a trend that’s not going away. However, it’s important that any remote worker sets some ground rules. Perhaps a conference call on the school run isn’t the best idea, and dinner would be better served without a side of email trails. We all recognise the benefits of remote working, but we must not lose sight of the importance of downtime, and concentrating on what’s happening in the physical world, not just the virtual one.

Posted by the Secret Businessman

 

The end of the 9-5?

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I don’t know about you, but the traditional working day of 9-5 seems to be a thing of the past.

According to a new study, one in three of us now spend over ten hours a day in the office – with an increasing number letting our workloads creep into our homes via emails and phone calls.

Over half of bosses at small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) questioned by RingCentral UK said that they now work for at least 40 hours every week.

Apparently a more demanding customer is partly to blame, with 51 per cent of companies saying that their clients are becoming increasingly insistent on speaking to the right person at the first time of asking, while even more want responses to their queries to be more urgent.

The research also revealed that a massive emphasis is being placed on flexible working – with over three-quarters of SME owners stating that they believed have the option to work flexibly was important in boosting staff productivity.

Posted by the Secret Businessman