What is the 21st century way of working? It is a lot of things, but it is underlined by the idea of making work life easier, more efficient and placing the individual as the priority. The concept of commuting to a corporate office every single day is no longer a painful inevitability. The advances in technology provide freedom, control and a healthier approach to work and life. It means that your job works around you and not the other way round. Office 365 plays a big role in this and represents a refreshing new mentality.
Office 365 is cloud based which means you can access your information, documents and programs from anywhere. Working from home cuts out commuting time giving you more time to do the things you enjoy, and giving you more energy to be more productive. When something allows parents to work from home and look after children, it can only be a good thing and it is this kind of flexibility that is attracting many people to Office 365. Did remote working exist before Office 365? Sure. But it wasn’t even close to being this affordable or easy. Importantly, it also allows you to work on the move – mobile working allows you to send that document or edit that file on a mobile device.
A small business needs a few things if it wants to professionalize. It needs a suite of applications for employees to do their work. It needs hosted email. It needs significant storage. It needs video conferencing software. Office 365 breaks down barriers to growth by giving the functionality of a large organization to a small business. This is a classic of example of technology working for the little guy and allowing us all to get ahead.
Security is major issue for businesses of any size. Office 365 not only allows you to back up all your files and data on the cloud, but the package also includes support. This kind of security would otherwise come at a cost, and would likely require hiring a full time IT professional. If you run a small business, the level of security that Microsoft offers with the 365 package is likely far superior to what you could afford on your own.
If you wanted company email in the past, you needed email servers. These are expensive and require employing an IT professional to run it. Office 365 provides this as part of the package, meaning that your company saves a lot of money.
The real reason Office 365 is so significant is because the various features combine to make life easier and cheaper. Technology becomes widely adopted only if it is represents value and allows us to work smarter, and subsequently more productively. It is part a direction of travel that allows us to manipulate working tools around our needs and therefore maximize efficiency. This means we can spend more time doing what we enjoy and achieve the kind of work life/balance that we want.
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