Changing Work Patterns in a Recession

According to a report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), 69% of businesses are considering, have made or intend to make changes to work patterns in response to the recession. This can be achieved in a number of ways; it might be that employees are encouraged to work more from home, to spend more time in the field, or change their hours.

Of course, the recession might be a stimulus for this shift, but in reality, it has been apparent for some time. This is simply another confirmation of established trends. But the interesting thing is that it is happening in parallel with increased availability of tools, such as Mobile IP Centrex, which help make the transition to remote or flexible working arrangements seamless.

It may be that the negative business climate of recent years is driving the changes, but they should be viewed as an opportunity for employers to create new patterns, which benefit both employees and employers alike. In addition to potential cost savings, there are significant gains to be made through increased efficiency. But, thanks to solutions such as Mobile IP Centrex, the boundaries between the office and remote locations are becoming less and less fixed: whether the motivation is a response to lean times, or whether employers sense a real opportunity to evolve, doesn't much matter. The fact is that more flexible working arrangements benefit both employee and employer and the trend is only likely to accelerate. This is creating an opportunity for operators to deliver solutions that facilitate flexible working and ease this transition. It's well worth considering an explicit pitch to encompass this trend in your propositions to customers.

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