Archive for the ‘flexible working’ Category

9/11 Top 3 Tips to be Telecoms Continuity Prepared

Monday, September 5th, 2011

As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11 it’s a sobering reminder to businesses to have their telecoms continuity plans up to date and tested.

Now is the best time to  re-enforce the necessity of having your business telecoms continuity plans in order. So here are my top 3 tips for being prepared: (more…)

Olympics 2012: security tests planned

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

At least 10 exercises will take place to test the security surrounding the 2012 Olympics, the BBC revealed today. Police forces and emergency services will re-create situations in order to test their responses and to examine how they will communicate with the public.  A budget of £600m has been allocated for the exercises, which will prepare for (hopefully) any incident which may present itself during the games.

When it comes to technology there are plenty of systems that could potentially go wrong, however I wonder if businesses in the vicinty of the Olympic sites are going to be as equally prepared? Power cuts, telecoms failure and exclusion zones which may prevent employees from being able to get into their offices could all bring massive disruption to their daily operations.

Business continuity plans are not a nice to have, but a necessity in today’s competitive age, and should cover all eventualitites including one-off events like the Olympics, and newer natural disruptions such as Icelandic volcanic ash. Potential disruptions are constantly changing and evolving with the change in our climate and in the way we do business.

Flexible working practices are increasing but still not as fast as you would expect. The cultural problem of presenteesim is a hard barrier to break down, but as technology continues to improve we can but hope that organisations will see that the benefits will far outweigh any fear of losing managerial control, both in everyday operations and more importantly in times of business disruption.

Home Working: Beat Petrol Price Rises & Be More Efficient

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Working from home never looked more appealing. When it costs over £70 to fill up an average family car, who wouldn’t want to cut out the daily commute to work to be more cost efficient?

Speaking at the Public Sector Efficiency Expo on Wednesday, Socitm President, Jos Creese highlighted the gulf between the public and private sectors attitude towards home working when he said that although remote working practices were ‘standard’ in the private sector, councils and the public sector were ‘not doing enough of this’. He said: ‘There is always the chance for employees to work at home. Security concerns have stopped this, but there needs to be a way around it.’

Well to answer his question, there are many ways around these security concerns and the availability of enabling IT and Telecoms technology is growing exponentially, because remote working is a no-brainer way of reducing ongoing operational costs. (more…)

Earthquakes, Floods, Tsunamis, Nuclear Explosions: Is Your Business Continuity Plan Sufficient?

Monday, March 14th, 2011

The Japanese earthquake and tsunami has shocked the world. Subsequent explosions at the country’s nuclear power plants no doubt have scared us all. I am sure it hasn’t escaped your attention that more and more natural disasters are hitting our headlines and while it is devastating for those involved, you have to ask what we, as yet unaffected countries, should be doing in response, aside from firstly offering aid, rescue and resources for re-building lives and infrastructure. (more…)

UK Public Sector: Stop Debating and Start to Save Money Now With Cloud-Based Technology!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

When will the UK’s public sector start acting upon the information they already have available to them to save money, now? Public Sector property running costs could be substantially reduced making real savings today! Not tomorrow or next year. IT and Telecoms solutions are evolving repidly and cloud-based pay as you go technology can deliver savings now. But all we hear is talk, and all we see is in-action. (more…)

Rising Travel Costs: Exploit Cloud-based Technology to Facilitate Cost-Effective Flexible Working

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The cost of travel to and for work is rising fast. Organisations should consider using new cloud-based technology as a cost effective means to enable staff to work more flexibly. (more…)

Winter Flu Pandemic: Is Your Business Prepared?

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Is your business prepared for mass absences of employees due to the winter flu pandemic?
Unlike the swine flu pandemic of last year, the emergence of a winter flu pandemic has hit the nation unawares, with media coverage only just taking off over the past 2 or 3 weeks. The latest headlines warn of a re-surgence of flu cases as people go back to work and children go back to school. (more…)

Cut Cabling Leaves Hundreds Without Phones in Chesterfield

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Yet again another story has hit the papers of malicious vandalism leaving residents and businesses without phone or internet access, as underground cables have been cut.

Around 740 faults were reported in the Chesterfield area as BT engineers are desparately trying to replace 400m of cabling to restore service. (more…)

Not answering the phone? UK Businesses Could be Losing £70bn According to Vodafone Study

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Being at the end of the phone when your potential customers call you is all you need to ensure that you’re not missing out on thousands of pounds of revenue in new contracts. Being uncontactable in this day and age is simply not acceptable, particularly by people under time pressure. (more…)

Pandemic Flu, Norovirus or Common Colds: The season is here

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

It’s that time of year again when many bugs and viruses raise their ugly heads taking employees out one by one. Most of the time this causes little disruption to general business productivity as, generally speaking, people within the same office tend not to be off sick at the same time.

But there is always the exception. (more…)