With meetings taking place on Teams…
Work being collaborated on in the cloud…
Calls being redirected to company phones…
We’ve got a lot to thank the Internet and mobile connection for.
One day, who knows when, businesses will be able to return to the office once more and working from home will likely dip off towards pre-Covid levels.
And on that day we’ll thank our lucky stars that we’ve had means for communication that we could rely on throughout the pandemic, and which will still facilitate any telecommuting that does continue.
In the meantime, employees haven’t just grown reliant on technology for getting work done, but for maintaining social relationships too.
The number of voice and video calls more than tripled last year, and billions upon billions of messages were sent every day. The world tried to continue as best it could without being able to see loved ones face-to-face, and technology enabled that to happen.
According to OpenMarket, 83% of millennials open text messages within 90 seconds of receiving them, so you can probably imagine how often your employees have been checking their phone during work time.
And if work gets done, there’s really nothing wrong with that.
But will your office definitely be ready to facilitate this shift towards greater reliance on mobile connection when normality eventually returns? And can you guarantee communication will continue to be as smooth between those telecommuting and those working on site?
Pre-pandemic research by Zinwave found that office workers aged 18-34 were 45% more likely to complain of frequent problems with mobile coverage in their workplace than their older colleagues.
What’s more, workers of all ages expressed frustration at employers, building owners and mobile operators for coverage issues.
Some 69% of the 994 UK office workers surveyed said they experienced problems with poor mobile coverage in the workplace, with 27% being forced to leave the office building to make calls.
Even more concerning, 26% said that problems with signal increased their stress levels, and 15% said that poor mobile signal damaged company reputation.
Nearly half of those surveyed pointed the finger of blame at their employer or building owner too.
Stress and mental wellbeing is a seriously hot topic for employers right now and if you can’t currently guarantee that colleagues will be able to communicate with each other and with their loved ones when they return to your office, then you’re going to have a problem.
Those statistics aren’t going to look any better post-pandemic and you simply can’t underestimate the power of reliable connection if you want your business to pick up where it left off.
Cast your mind back to how things used to run before March 2020. Were there occasions when staff were forced to go outside or hover next to windows to make calls? Times when you couldn’t send a text message or receive a call unless you moved to a certain spot in the office?
Neither scenario is any good for staff morale or productivity. And not-spots will throw up much greater problems post-pandemic than they ever have before. Because while Covid has led your employees to grow more reliant on mobile technology, the problems causing poor signal in your building certainly won’t have gone away.
(Unless you used any downtime you had to knock the place down and replace all the materials with ones that don’t block mobile signal!)
The good news is that strong, reliable signal means your office can be both a less stressful place for returning employees, and a far more productive environment too.
But if the building’s made from modern, mobile signal-blocking materials (namely glass, wood, fibreglass, plasterboard, masonry and metal), then you’re going to have to do more than rely on mobile providers to sort out the problem.
And that’s where we can help you.
Network safe and 100% legal mobile signal boosters by Signal Solutions Ltd enhance signals anywhere by as much as 1,000 times. That means you can have constant, reliable mobile signal in your office building, keeping staff happy and productivity up.
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If you’ve got a problem with mobile signal in your office and you’re concerned that your building isn’t ready to return to normal post-pandemic, give us a call on 020 3823 7365.