- Go Green: When a customer chooses a hosted vs. premise-based phone solution for its communications, they contribute to an overall reduction in resources and costs of power and cooling by up to 84 percent. By reducing energy consumption, they reduce the carbon dioxide gas emissions produced as a byproduct of generating electricity.
- Alleviate Business Travel Costs: Business travel can be an important aspect of growing a business, but it can also tear through the company budget pretty quickly between hotel, airfare, rental car service, meals and other non-inclusives. Teleconferencing can help cut costs, but it also means sacrificing actual face time. Videoconferencing is more effective because it provides the ability to connect remote users so they can communicate “face-to-face”. This can easily save thousands on travel fees. Employees do not have to take time out of their normal work schedules, travelling to various locations for business meetings. Productivity remains strong and no downtime means no money lost.
- Out of Pocket Expense: Premises-based solutions come with a significant investment in hardware (a PBX system, phones, messaging system, etc.) equaling around $2,000 per user. However, a hosting company can deploy, manage and monitor a hosted solution in less time, for less money ($250-$350 per user) because the technology lives in the cloud.
- Additional Savings for the Organization: Having less employees in the office means the firm pays for less square footage with relation to office space, office furniture, desktops, etc. In addition, because employees see telecommuting as a benefit, firms offering telecommuting positions see fewer turnovers. Because workers will save on commuting costs (train fare, gas, tolls) they are also willing to work for lower salaries.
An effective communications network is one of the most critical pieces of a firm’s business structure. Having the ability to allow employees to work from anywhere can save a firm (and its employees) money, making them happier and more efficient.