I love the week after Christmas because it finally feels like I can catch a breather at work. The emails and phone calls have subsided and I finally have time to focus on writing this blog post which I have put off for so long. Best of all, I knew the office would be slow today and with the snow starting to come down, I decided to stay at home and work remotely.
One great benefit of working for InterCall is that meeting remotely through audio and web conferencing solutions is an everyday business practice. Over two-thirds of respondents from a recent Cisco survey believe their work improves when they work remotely. But, if you’re anything like me you may still need that little extra push and minimal distractions in order to be an efficient telecommuter. I’ve found all of these telecommuting best practices posted on NewsObserver.Com to be lifesavers, so I thought I would share.
- Have a dedicated place, preferably a separate room in your home or apartment, for an office. It’s not a good idea to have an office near the family TV set.
- Forget about the overgrown lawn, some dead tree limbs, and a leaky faucet. Tend to these home chores in off hours or weekends, not during the workweek.
- When working at home, it’s easy to become a round-the-clock worker. Make sure you take breaks. Go out and have lunch.
- Set a workday schedule, and try to stick with it. Some telecommuters work erratic schedules, but the more effective ones have a workday that is similar to the one they had at the office.
- Avoid being a home office recluse. Telecommuters should meet with associates and friends for coffee breaks or lunch.
- If you’re a member of a professional or business group, continue to attend meetings. This is a good way to interact with others.
Less Travel, More Time This Holiday Season
Do you find these tricks helpful when working remotely? Is there anything else you recommend to minimize the distractions that come along with working from home?
The holiday season is fast approaching and if you are like me, you are already feeling the stress of the mile long to-do list to make this season better than the last—turkey, pumpkin pie, decorating the house, shopping, mailing greeting cards, wrapping gifts, family visits, parties…the list goes on and on.
This doesn’t leave a lot of time for those special extras you would like to include, like adding more lights to your outside display, going to a holiday play or baking your own cookies to serve instead of store-bought ones.
Unfortunately, work can get in the way of your dreams for the perfect holiday season, especially if it requires travel to another state or country. This holiday season, why not cancel your business travel plans and hold virtual meetings instead. With InterCall’s conferencing services you can accomplish many of your business objectives right from your desk!
Give it a try! What would you do with your extra time if no business travel was needed from now until 2011? A drive with the family to look at holiday lights? A play date with your kids and their new toys? Maybe just some sleep?
What’s on Your Conference Call Holiday Wish List?
It’s that time of year again to hang the stockings on your cubicle wall, set up your 3 ft. faux Christmas tree and deck the office with boughs of holly.
It’s also time to begin putting together a holiday wish list so that when FedEx Santa walks through the doors on Monday morning, you get every communications solution you need for an efficient 2014.
As 2013 winds down—the year that’s been filled with countless conference calls—buckle yourself in tightly as we explore three items that we suspect will pop up on conference call holiday wish lists across the country:
- A comfortable chair: Sometimes conference calls seem to last forever and if you’re not comfortable, all you’ll be able to pay attention to is the agony in your lower back. Look for something comfortable, but not something too comfortable so that you slouch and slack off or worse yet, doze.
- A reliable mute button: With a steady mute button that you feel comfortable using, you don’t have to worry about cracking a joke to whoever is nearby when someone on the line says something deserving. You also don’t have to worry about people hearing you cough or eat your lunch.
- A complete call visibility solution: This would help you pay more attention to the content being discussed rather than wondering who in the world is actually talking, or worrying about page of the presentation they are on. Such a feature would help a caller focus more on the business that needs to get done.
What do you think? Will any of these make your list? What else would you add?
Is a New Conference Call Service at the Top of Your Holiday Wish List?
When it comes to IT budgets at the end of the year, most enterprises have little room to play around.
While everyone hopes that Santa will bring a new computer or printer to work, most employees just hope they will avoid finding a lump of coal waiting for them when they return to the office after the holidays.
While IT managers don’t typically have an excessive amount of money to spend on expensive items such as brand new computers, there is still the need to provide an office staff with all of the basic tools necessary for establishing reliable communication with clients throughout the year. Therefore, one thing that should be on every employee’s holiday wish list should be a conference call system capable of providing the necessary tools for ensuring this happens.
With a reliable conference call system, employees will have all of the right tools necessary for establishing consistent contact with customers and clients. Whether employees need to deal with one, six or 600 people at a time, a reliable conference call system will facilitate this process and ensure that it happens in a clear and secure way. Additionally, today’s conference call services come with the ability to record and recall conversations for easy access at a later date. This provides the competitive edge needed to go above and beyond for customer service.
Further, employees require access to mobile applications capable of facilitating conference calls from any location. From traffic jams to train platforms and airport runways, your employees will be able to reach important clients at any given time.
So, will the big man see you’ve been good and give you the reliable conference call solution you’re asking for this holiday season?