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Communication solutions to stop snow affecting your business

Every year hundreds of business hours are lost in the UK because of bad weather. When there’s a risk to personal safety because of snow or ice, it makes sense to let staff work from home. However, while many tasks can be completed remotely, extreme weather conditions can cause upheaval as meetings have to be rearranged and training is disrupted. It’s stressful for managers and can cause ongoing problems for business, leaving projects behind schedule with all the inconvenience and additional costs that involves. Communication solutions to stop snow affecting  your business

However, there is an alternative. Remote communication technologies such as interactive white boards and video conferencing enable your staff to work as effectively from home as they do in the office so your business can continue as normal, however bad the weather gets.

For example, you can use SMART Bridgit software to share and collaborate on data with your staff. You can set up the meeting from home and so long as your staff have an internet connection they can join the meeting wherever they are. You can share your screen whether you’re on a PC, Mac or iPad and you can extend the invitation to anyone with a SMART Board, flat screen or Podium too. Using SMART Bridgit means you and your staff can continue working on projects or share and collaborate on any visual information without having to leave home.

Video conferencing can also be an essential tool when the weather affects people’s ability to travel. There are systems available to suit every business’ budget and requirements. At the top of the range you can install a dedicated video conferencing system that runs on your own network and enables you to hold boardroom meetings remotely. A more cost effective and practical solution might be to buy basic video conferencing equipment and subscribe to a managed service with a monthly fee.

There are also several cloud-based video conferencing services around, such as LifeSize Connections or StarLeaf, which let you use your own computer or tablet device, as well as dedicated room systems, to take part in a video conference. These are quick to set up and mean you can deploy video conferencing to your staff or remote workers instantly, bringing them into the meeting room without the need for them to leave home or have any specialist equipment.

If your workplace has been disrupted because of bad weather, don’t delay – call us today on 0118 336 0010. Our experts can talk you through the range of options available and find the right solution for your business and budget. 

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