How to Better Support Employees Who Work from Home

dowload a printable PDF of this articleFlexible workstyles are important to employees today — even more than pay raises, a new survey by Softchoice finds. Almost three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents said they would change jobs in order to work from home more often, even if their salary stayed the same.

However, collaboration technology is a barrier to flexible workstyles. The majority (83 percent) of respondents use technology to collaborate in real time with people in other locations. But 74 percent say frequent technical difficulties impact the collaborative experience. Trouble connecting, poor connection quality and dropped connections are among the top technical issues.

In most cases, the WAN connection is the root cause of these problems. Most home-based workers have a consumer-grade broadband Internet link, and those services simply don’t provide the quality needed for communication and collaboration tools. SD-WAN is supposed to resolve those issues but can you deploy it for home-based workers?

Because we’re purpose-built for VoIP and videoconferencing, InSpeed is the only SD-WAN solution that ensures high-quality business communications for your employees who work from home. InSpeed works over their existing broadband connections. It’s easy to use and its price won’t break your budget. Talk to one of our sales specialists about starting a free trial today.

Don’t Let Quality Issues Stop You from Using Video Conferencing

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videoconferencing Forrester Research Analyst James L. McQuivey has estimated that a one-minute video is worth 1.8 million words. That’s based on the notion that a picture is worth 1,000 words and video shoots at 30 frames per second.

But if you ask most users, video conferencing isn’t worth 10 cents. In a recent survey, 37 percent of respondents complained of frequent video quality issues, while 40 percent griped about poor audio quality. More than half (53 percent) of users avoid video because of these problems.dowload a printable PDF of this article

That’s unfortunate given the business benefits of video conferencing. It helps teams stay engaged. It improves decision-making. And it saves on travel costs.

It’s also complex. Video conferencing requires cameras, microphones and speakers, and real-time applications to make it all work. It also depends on things that are out of the user’s control, like an Internet connection that wasn’t designed to handle interactive applications.

InSpeed puts you in control. It’s the only SD-WAN solution that ensures Quality of Service for voice and video conferencing over any Internet connection, every time.

But don’t take our word for it. Test drive an InSpeed appliance and see for yourself.