Laptop computers, mobile phones and other technologies mean that some businesses do not need a physical ‘place of work’ for their employees

This briefing covers:

  1. What you can do with mobile working.
  2. Understanding the options available.
  3. Choosing the right set up for your business.

1.1 Remote working enables your employees to perform their duties without having to be present on your premises.

Remote working can include:

  • Working from home.
  • Working while out and about – for instance, on the train or in a cafe.
  • Working at client sites – for instance, at a meeting or training day.

1.2 Implemented correctly, remote working can bring a number of benefits to your business.

  • Extra efficiency.

Your staff can work at times when it was previously impractical, such as on the train.

  • Additional flexibility.

To some extent, you can allow your employees to work when and where they want.

  • Lower overheads.

With fewer staff onsite at any one time, you can manage with smaller premises.

2.1 Remote working usually utilises technology to make available resources which were previously only available in a single location.

Examples of what you can do with remote working include:

  • Send and receive email from any location, with a laptop or mobile phone.
  • Connect to the office network using a laptop and broadband connection.

This allows you to securely access everything you can normally access in the office, like the latest stock information.

  • Conduct remote meetings using a teleconferencing service or online meeting space.
  • Divert phone calls to your current location.

Even though you may be at home, the caller still rings your office number.

With a telephone, laptop and broadband connection, some employees can do everything at home which they usually do in the office.