Workplace productivity tools

STL Communications provide IT and Communications to businesses in Oxfordshire, and have over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Paul Ballinger, gives his thoughts on how technology can help organisations embrace the modern workplace.

In recent years we have found that technology is changing everything – the way we work, live and do business. The modern workplace is evolving at pace with most organisations now having a flexible workforce, new intelligent business models and digital tools that allows teams to connect and collaborate.

As a result at STL, our traditional ways of doing things are being replaced by new smarter ways of working. With just over 40 employees, our business was traditionally office based. However, we have recently introduced a combination of workplace productivity tools, an efficient operating system and smart applications to seamlessly support employees and encourage collaboration.

Employees, such as our field based engineers or sales team, need to be able to connect back to head office and immediately have access and transparency to data and systems – all done with the complete confidence that everything is resilient, secure and compliant. We enable them with office collaboration tools which provides access to all files and emails from anywhere. We also utilise video conferencing allowing our mobile workforce to discuss and meet virtually with screen sharing and video chat.

This has led to a number of benefits such as an improved work/life balance for our employees with less travel time and flexible working options, as well as increasing efficiencies and streamlining processes within the business.

Environmentally, in addition to our flexible working strategy, we have been focused on decreasing our carbon footprint by reducing travel and encouraging car sharing wherever possible, removing paperwork with electronic sharing of data and storage and encouraging our employees and customers to better use IT and communications so that they can reap the benefits of flexible working.

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