Recently there has been lot of discussion on the pros and cons of remote working, especially after Yahoo! ended its telecommuting program. This fad about remote working and work-from-home is growing day by day. The growing demand for remote working has forced companies to upgrade their tools and devices to match the new demand.
Remote working is the need of the day. It is not only a matter of convenience for your employees but also a matter to their productivity. Research has shown that remote working increases the productivity of a business and makes a business more profitable. To allow or support remote working, an employer needs to have certain advanced tools. A virtual phone is one of them.
Change Your Attitude
An employer should overcome all of his prejudices about remote working in order to enable a remote worker to be productive. Trust your employees, assign them responsibilities, talk about your expectations and treat them like adults – these are a few rules that you should follow to build a productive remote working environment. You can use a virtual phone system to solve most of your remote workers’ business needs.
Change Your Phone System
How does a virtual phone system help a remote worker?
A virtual phone is compatible with all cell phones and even has an app for most smart phones. This is perhaps most important for a remote worker. You do not need to buy any extra hardware or download any software. A virtual phone can be used with any existing phone line, even with your smart phones. It allows you to forward calls, receive voicemail, and fax.
An employee can go mobile for business as well. For example, sales people often need to work from remote locations. Using a virtual phone, you can stay connected with your customers and colleagues even when you are away from the office, travelling, in a hotel or on vacation.
Staying connected with customers 24×7 and answering their calls can be a great boost for your business. When customers call a business, they expect to speak to somebody and if their call goes unanswered, chances are they will never call the business again.
Faxing is another important feature of a virtual phone. It is impossible for a remote worker to carry a fax machine along with them. The fax online feature of a virtual phone allows them to send and receive fax using any computer, tablet or smart phone. They do not need a fax machine, a telephone connection, ink or paper. Faxes are sent via an online interface and received faxes can be viewed right from an email.