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How Unified Communications can help you manage the growth in telecommuting

Home Office.jpgIn a new report titled US Telecommuting Forecast, 2009 To 2016, Forrester Research predicts that by 2016, 43% of the US workforce will work from home, for a total of 63 million workers.  There are many benefits to both the workers and employers.  In my prior post, Three reasons you need mobile workers, I outlined some of the benefits I see for both employers and employees based on my personal experience as a telecommuter.

 

This increase in telecommuting for the US workforce will raise some interesting implications for companies.  How can you manage such a distributed and diverse workforce and still create an environment where employees can communicate and collaborate seamlessly for maximum productivity?  This is where having a Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) strategy can really help.  In Michele Degani’s blog post, What is Unified Communications and how does it work?, Dannette Hardin explains how the “new normal” of doing business requires better collaboration among workers and partners in different locations.  The standard tools of the telecommuting workforce include smartphones, laptops, e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging, text messaging and video conferencing.  I use all of these on a regular basis.  With UCC, you can consolidate voice and data communications into a single network and reduce costs.

 

So the benefits of telecommuting to both employees and employers are already great, and bound to get even better as technology improves.

 

Are you a telecommuter? What tech tools are you using to make collaboration … and your life easier?

 

For more information, read about HP’s Unified Communications and Collaboration services.

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