Are you ready to go hybrid?

Karl Kocar, Technical Architect at Microsoft, explains how businesses can embrace the future of work today.

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Sometimes the future comes at you fast

Many organisations have been forced to rapidly rollout ways to work from home over the last year. Now it’s here, things will never be the same again.

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But that doesn’t mean the office is over

77%

of UK employees think a mix of working from the office and home is the future.

source: Adecco Group UK & Ireland

We call this hybrid working.

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What is hybrid working?

It’s the ability to work from anywhere as well as you can in the office.

You can access up-to-date files from any place, on any device. You can talk like you’re together over high-quality audio and video. And you can count on everything to run smoothly with near-instant connectivity.

Hybrid working is here to stay and it’s going to be a very important part of business life going forward.

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Karl Kocar

Technical Architect, Microsoft

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Why does my business need hybrid working?

Remote set-ups are often complicated to use and manage.

But hybrid working harnesses emerging technology to streamline the experience. Powering up productivity and making it easier to work more flexibly. So the whole organisation benefits.

Employers

  • Cut office overheads

    While you still want an office, you might not need much space or headquarters in an expensive city centre.

  • Increase productivity

    While home workers can focus without distractions, improved collaboration with office workers makes it easier for everyone to work together.

  • Reduce absenteeism

    Employees won’t always have to take time off work when personal problems arise.

  • Expand your talent pool

    When your team can work anywhere, you can attract and retain top talent from far and wide – not just who’s in commuting distance.

Employees

  • Better work-life balance

    You can spend more time with friends and family and stress less about commuting.

  • Improved sustainability

    By reducing how much time you spend on the roads, you’re cutting your carbon footprint.

  • Access to new opportunities

    Working from home means you can live anywhere you want, while jobs are more accessible if you have a disability.

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There is no time like now

Only around a third of UK businesses plan to adopt emerging technologies in the next year, according to BT’s latest research. This is a missed opportunity.

Innovations like 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) might seem like far-off prospects. But they’re already here and they can directly help your people work more effectively and efficiently right now. So you can succeed today and take the lead tomorrow.

Learn more in BT's ‘The Future in 2020’ report

Open report

As the world changes, it drives digital innovation. And innovation quickly becomes the new normal.

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Karl Kocar

Technical Architect, Microsoft

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Unleash the power of technology

Emerging technologies like 5G and AI can help you achieve hybrid working. Then hybrid working can digitally transform your organisation.

Being able to work just as well at the office, at home or on the go won’t just open up new opportunities for your business. The data generated from hybrid working – how and when people work together – can give you new insights that help make more informed decisions faster.

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How can Microsoft and BT help?

We’ve already embraced hybrid working throughout our own organisations. And we can help you do it too.

With just a few changes to the tech you’re using, where you are should never be a problem. Whatever the shape or size of your meeting.

A combination of BT’s reliable fixed and mobile network with Microsoft’s cloud platform is a great way of achieving this.

To make hybrid working a reality, everyone needs to be fully connected.

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Karl Kocar

Technical Architect, Microsoft