As the office calendar moves another page closer to the summer holiday season and that all too familiar cry of ‘Come on Andy’ resonates from SW19, we can all be forgiven for getting a little lost in the moment and letting our minds drift ahead to what the next couple of months have in store. Whether it is Great Yarmouth or Greece, summer holidays have become an institution in many UK households with an estimated 45 million Brits set to jet off this summer.
Personally, l know when it is summer holiday season as email auto-attendants in businesses kick into overdrive and although for many people, summer holidays provide a welcome break from the office, they can present a unique challenge to business owners in trying to maintain a steady ship and ensure that the impact upon normal working operation is kept to a minimum.
But for many businesses, such as Virtual Office Services and Recruitment Firms, the ‘sunny’ months provide an opportunity for new relationships to be formed and this period forms a vital part of any long-term growth strategy that firms may otherwise struggle to live without. And this got me thinking, in the everyday working environment, what could l not do without?
For me, it has to be our whiteboards in the office. If you have ever visited, you’ll know that it is almost company policy to have one in every room and beside from making our training for the Hangman Olympics in 2012 a whole lot easier, they provide a great space to map out ideas, plans and lists that ensure we stay on track throughout the week.
To canvas some opinion on this, we took the Lily Blog around local businesses in Leicestershire to find out their thoughts on what their everyday business essentials were:
Garry Aston (Caged Fish Web Design): “In the Office, I couldn’t do without my Apple iMac. It’s my window to the world and delivers it in a beautifully designed all in one computer. The beauty of the iMac is it doesn’t run Windows and so there’s no need for anti-virus protection and is bereft of the service pack updates that seem to ruin the PC’s in the office. Yes, I certainly couldn’t live without my Apple iMac.”
Pat Stones (Many Hands Make Virtual Office): A contradiction in terms, because Many Hands Make is a virtual office but we couldn’t live without electricity! For communications, our phones, fax and email, for entertainment, the radio tuned to Harborough FM and our CD player and for sustenance, the kettle and microwave. Even a virtual office needs electricity so Many Hands can make … light work!
Paula Tenwick (Kuzmicz Henderson Design): The first thing I do when I arrive in the office is switch on my laptop. I cannot imagine office life (or life in general!) without it. The next port of call is to switch on the coffee machine. No one speaks to me until I have had my second cup of fresh coffee. But to be without my iPhone is totally unheard of. I will always be in awe of this little chap. My trusty office companion – constantly by my side, keeping me connected.
Barry Badger (Co-Owner, Harborough FM): For me, it has to be our computer and our telephones. They form an essential part of our everyday life and as a truly local radio station, it is so important to be able to maintain communication with our listeners. We would be lost without them.
A common theme that runs throughout the comments above is that without a ‘window to the world’ and means of communications to the outside world, many businesses would find it difficult to provide the same level of business efficiency and customer satisfaction that is so critically important in the current competitive economic climate. I can only liken this to the feeling you get when going on holiday and leaving items such as a mobile phone behind and you feel as if you have left a limb somewhere that you shouldn’t of.
Means of communication (both mobile and office-based) are ingrained as part of any business culture and it is only when it is too late that many businesses realise the importance of being able to react when things go wrong. In our experience, this ability to react quickly and understand the importance of business communication has seen a rise in the need for local communications provision, where support is available on a local number, without having to wade through countless auto-attendants.
Based on Fernie Road in Market Harborough, Lily Systems are able to provide a local, friendly and personable telephony service that has saved Harborough Businesses on average around 20% on their lines, minutes and broadband charges, whilst removing the stress from dealing with large nationwide providers. With free cost-check audits available, we believe in a promise that ‘if we can’t add value or save money to the way that you currently communicate, then you have a great solution and we will tell you so’.
I hope you have enjoyed this post on the Lily Blog and thank you to the guys that have contributed above and l have included their details below, l look forward to seeing you all again soon and have a good week.
Andy Sparrow, Lily Systems
Garry Aston, Caged Fish Web Design
www.cagedfish.co.uk / 01858 469988
Paula Tenwick, Kuzmicz Henderson Design
www.kh-design.co.uk / 01664 424 318
Pat Stones, Many Hands Make Virtual Office
www.manyhandsmake.co.uk / 01858 465376
Barry Badger, Harborough FM
www.harboroughfm.co.uk / 01858 464666
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