With Olympics tickets allocated and successful applicants now certain of which events they will attend, many firms are already seeing a massive demand from employees seeking to book the same time off work.  This is putting severe strain on the business to maintain operational effectiveness. This is a major headache for employers.  Small businesses in…

Stephen Smith: Winning the battle for business continuity

In one of the more positive results to come out of the YouGov surveys commissioned by Citrix Online in the aftermath of the heavy snowfalls across the UK in 2010, more than one quarter of respondents felt that they were better-prepared to deal with the disruption this time than they had been previously. Yet despite…

Stephen Smith: Don’t fight consumerisation, work with it

The growth of consumerisation – the adoption of personal communications devices such as iPhones, iPads and tablets in a workplace environment – is both rapid and seemingly relentless. A new, young workforce using sophisticated technologies in their personal lives are putting bosses under pressure to allow them to use their preferred choice of device, rather…

Stephen Smith: The benefits of remote working

A new younger workforce reflecting different attitudes to work may be more receptive to greater flexibility in working practices. However, many businesses have historically harboured objections to the introduction of remote working: employees too have often resisted change, concerned that this would lead to more work and longer hours. This needn’t be the case. There…

Stephen Smith: Flexible communications – the ‘green’ dimension

In times of financial stringency, it is no wonder that the main focus is on how more flexible communications makes economic sense. Yet as the example of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) graphically shows, there is a valuable additional benefit – offering a greener alternative by improving corporate environmental performance. Established in 2003, the…

Stephen Smith: Petrol prices going through the roof?  Welcome to the virtual alternative

The recent snows have once again hit the headlines, causing travel chaos which has resulted in serious disruption to many businesses. Yet as getting to work has proved an increasingly forlorn struggle for many employees, it has been easy to lose sight of the fact that there has been another current high profile issue having…

Stephen Smith: Flexible working, if it works for me, it’ll work for you

There’s no doubt that the climate among employers is warming to the changing world of remote working. Recent research, for example, highlighted how UK small business owners are recognising the role of flexible working practices, with almost two-thirds actively supporting it. And it gets better. More than four in five believe that offering flexible working…