In 2016, businesses are not static. It’s highly unusual these days for office workers to be entirely confined to the actual office every day of the week. Indeed, whereas once upon a time the idea of remote or home working was regarded with suspicion (especially amongst the office-locked 9-5ers), in more recent times the rise in the number of people who work remotely – at least some of the time – has been tremendous.
The catalyst can of course be attributed to the rise of the internet, which indeed makes remote working a far more realistic prospect than it was, say, 20 years ago. But this has been bolstered even further with the advent of the cloud and – just as significant – the smartphone.
Indeed, just as VoIP has been changing the face of business communications now for many years, so too is a transformation happening in the related world of mobile business communications solutions. The rise of the remote worker has led directly to a rise in businesses looking for mobile VoIP solutions that can help keep their employees empowered and reachable no matter where they happen to be working from. As such, telecom service providers need to ensure that they have complete mobile VoIP solutions on offer for new business clients, as well as for those existing customers looking to upgrade.
Teleworking On The Rise
It’s important that telecom service providers know the state of the market for mobile VoIP. When pitching to businesses – especially new businesses – the need for a mobile VoIP solution may not be something that they’ve thought of. But all the trends indicate that teleworking will continue to be on the rise in the years that follow, and this means that businesses will need to be keeping all of their employees sufficiently empowered and connected wherever they happen to be.
Data from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com reveals that teleworking amongst the non-self-employed has risen 103% since 2005.
• 50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20-25% of the workforce teleworks at some frequency
• 80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time. Two to three days a week seems to be the sweet spot that allows for a balance of concentrative work (at home) and collaborative work (at the office).
• Fortune 1000 companies around the globe are entirely revamping their space around the fact that employees are already mobile. Studies repeatedly show they are not at their desk 50-60% of the time.
Businesses Need Mobile VoIP
In years gone by, employees who wanted to take advantage of flexible working were forced to either set up a virtual private network (VPN), rely on consumer-grade, poor quality VoIP, or go the whole hog and have a completely separate telephone line installed in their home just for work.
Not any more – and the modern business needs to be made aware of this, not least because studies have shown that remote workers are statistically more productive, despite some presumptions to the contrary.
Indeed, some companies simply don’t allow their employees to work remotely, even though the capability is there, with trust issues being the most commonly cited reason. However, research has found that remote workers are actually more productive than those who come into the office every single day of the week.
Scholars at Stanford University ran an experiment – the 2014 Ctrip Study – the findings of which revealing that people who work full time from home are 13% more efficient. As the Money & Career CheatSheet reports:
“Professor Nicholas Bloom, one of the study’s authors, claims the work-from-home experiment, which lasted nine months, saved the company $1,900 per employee. This factors in savings on office space, higher performance, and fewer people quitting.”
Put simply, mobile working is not only becoming an increasing expectation amongst the workforce, but it’s actually proving to be more valuable to businesses which facilitate it.
For telecoms service providers, this means that there is growing market opportunity to aid in the remote working revolution, and it’s mobile VoIP that holds the solution.
The IPsmarx Breeze Mobile VoIP Solution
The IPsmarx Breeze Mobile VoIP Solution is the perfect answer to the needs of the modern business with a remote workforce. Indeed, not only does our mobile VoIP solutions facilitate home working, but communications for the whole workforce no matter where they happen to be. Field workers, salespeople, canvassers, CEOs on lunch appointments – the whole company can be continuously linked up to our central VoIP service via the downloading of a single app onto each members’ smartphone.
White Label Apps
As the service provider, you have the stand-out advantage with IPsmarx to offer our white-label applications that can be customized to any brand. Here at IPsmarx, we handle all of the approval and placements processes of getting custom-branded apps in the app stores – all employees have to do is download them and they are connected instantly to the company’s mobile VoIP service, which we host, manage and maintain.
Connections And Calls
To help stand out in the marketplace, the Breeze mobile VoIP solution from IPsmarx will allow your customers to make free high quality in-network IP-IP calls right from their mobile device – and this includes international calls.
In addition, the call forwarding and follow me features mean that you will be able to offer your customers the ability to receive calls made to landlines or office phones directly on their mobiles. This is especially useful for business clients who need flexibility for their mobile workforce of field workers, business travelers or home workers.
The rise of the mobile worker means a rise in the need of a mobile VoIP solution that can facilitate. The IPsmarx Breeze Mobile VoIP Solution has the answer. Feature rich and ultimately scalable, adding Breeze to your catalog will ensure that you win business customers who will stay with you for the long run, as the remote working trend continues to rise.