Cloud could cut staff sickies

Companies who move into the Cloud could see a reduction in the number of sickies their workers take, according to an industry expert.

Figures released by the TUC suggest there are now 3.7 million home workers in the UK and InTechnology, a cloud-based managed services provider, believes this number will continue to grow as more organisations sign up to the Cloud.

With significant investment being poured into the UK's digital infrastructure over the last decade, coupled with the fact that many parts of the UK now boast high-speed broadband connectivity and the introduction of flexible working policies, a large proportion of the workforce has seen a surge in the number of home-bases employees.

Richard Quine, divisional product director at InTechnology said: “Business culture has changed dramatically over recent years, adapting and evolving to be more in tune with modern realities. Business is no longer bound by ‘nine-to-five’ operating hours; workers now need around the clock access to documents, accounts and their colleagues. To meet these demands, more and more businesses are looking at alternative communication technologies and the role that the cloud can play in delivering them.

“Video calling, desktop sharing and conference tools like Microsoft Live Meeting offer businesses genuine advantages. They allow employees to work more efficiently which supports productivity, cuts business costs and can actually reduce employee sick-days in the long term.”

Despite the obvious benefits of cloud computing and related technologies, the migration to cloud delivery is proving slower than expected with a recent study revealing that just one in ten firms had embraced cloud services, 20% of those worried that their network infrastructure wasn’t reliable enough to support the transition.

Quine added: “Businesses shouldn’t fear the cloud but explore its possibilities and discover how it can benefit employees and overall business efficiencies. A fast, safe and reliable connection is easy to deploy and the pros far outweigh the cons if implemented in the right way working with a reliable cloud services provider.

“The trend for flexible, multi-locational working looks set to thrive in next few years, especially if fuel costs continue to spiral, and businesses have much to gain from cloud computing," he said.

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