In the 20th century the main ‘work from home’ jobs were usually finishing factory products, overlocking garments, bagging items into multi-packs, and so on. In more modern times more or less all office jobs can be done remotely. Remote working has become more commonplace in the past 5 years and is helping to make the workplace more accessible, flexible, and resilient to disasters.
There are many reasons for working from home/remote working sometimes this could be to help a single parent gain access to the workplace, allow disabled workers work from the comfort of their own home, and even to enable the business to continue after a disaster. Some of the disasters that could affect a business are: fires, floods, utility faults and even national emergencies – there’s currently even talk of encouraging “Working from Home” due to the Coronavirus strain COVID-19.
So, who can work from home? Nearly every office worker can work from home – all you need is a laptop, and a few cloud-based services to get you running and off the ground. Some of the services that’ll help you be able to work remotely are:
- Laptop – In earlier years people would shy away from having a laptop. Believing they’d need a laptop, and a desktop (tower) PC one for work, and one for home. But with modern technology and port replicators/docking stations you can use your laptop at home, and in the office with multiple monitors, a keyboard, and a mouse!
- Microsoft 365 – a cloud based email server, all your Office productivity apps, which also includes Microsoft Teams to help you ease communication with the rest of your team!
- VoIP – Voice over IP – basically telephony over the Internet. You don’t even need a handset; you can use an app on your laptop (soft phone) and still make calls
- Cloud Hosted Desktop – Your work computer in the cloud. This means that you can use the same ‘PC’ wherever you are in the world.
If you would like to know how to make your business more resilient and flexible for the 21st century using cloud-based solutions, just reach out to one of our expert team to understand how to get started.