Guide for Balancing Work and Home with VOIP

Most of us work so we can live. Our jobs are there to provide us the time and means to do the things we actually love, like going on vacation, or spending time with family. This sounds like a simple idea, but finding the balance between home and work can be surprisingly challenging. The advancements of various technologies have provided a framework that allows individuals to work in new and interesting ways. Some people work from home, others work longer shifts on fewer days, and many businesses are changing protocol to allow increased mobility for their employees. Among the mix are companies that are adopting VoIP services in an effort to help staff find a better balance between work and home.

Modern Workforce

In 2017, nearly half of all couples within the baby boomer generation belong to households where both spouses work. If you take a look at millennial couples, this number increases to almost three fourths. These numbers tell us that modern households involve both parents, or both partners, that work. Our society is becoming one where the majority of adults need to find a work/home balance that suits their circumstance. This is done in several ways depending on a number of factors. While past generations have been satisfied working from Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00 pm, millennials are looking for more dynamic ways to integrate work and home.

Work Space Flexibility

With more members of the workforce desiring flexibility within their career path, companies are looking for ways to make this possible. One way is by decreasing the need to be at a specific office location in order to conduct business. If an individual is allowed to conduct business from a home office, he/she can be home with a sick child if necessary. With the help of VoIP services, employees can log in from any computer or mobile device and have full access to company data through the cloud. Incoming calls can also be routed from the office to a designated cell phone. There are even features that include a designated caller ID for outgoing calls, allowing you to place business calls from your mobile phone, and have them appear as if you’re in the office.

Mobile Features

It’s great to conduct work from a home office, but what about when you travel, or want to spend a school holiday with your family? In finding a balance between work and home, it is sometimes necessary to combine the two. What if you could take your kids to the beach, and still not miss any important calls or voicemail? Three VoIP features can help with this. One is call recording, which allows you to record any call so you can listen to it again at a later time to write down important details.

The second is voicemail to email, which transcribes any voicemail into text, then sends it to your email inbox. Now you can read it and respond when it’s convenient. Perhaps this can happen on a family vacation after your kids are asleep, allowing you time with the ones you love, and the ability to do your job. Video and audio conferencing are the last features we want to mention. Most meetings conducted in an office can be done so through audio or video conferencing. With the help of mobile apps, these can now be done through a home laptop or smartphone. VoIP technology has created the the ability to have a mobile workforce, no longer tethered to an office or desk. This type of mobile flexibility will create the framework for employees to equally enjoy home and work.