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What Internet Options are Available for my Construction Site Broadband?

Construction site broadband

It’s hard to imagine that in 2018, sites still struggle to get up and running due to unreliable phone lines and broadband. However, it is a sad reality for many; landline providers sometimes can’t provide any service at all, and a lot of the time, service is poor and expensive to maintain. Contact us for our online information guide, and below is an exploration of the different solutions on offer to you.Read more

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5 Ways a New Phone System can Boost your Business

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a technology that has been around for some time, as mass market VoIP services were first launched in 2004. Basically, VoIP allows users to make and receive free voice calls over the Internet. More recently, providers have found increasingly innovative uses for VoIP technology that are helping businesses large and small to be more efficient, streamlining workflows and saving money simultaneously. Here are five innovative uses for VoIP that your business might be interested in:Read more

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How to increase employee productivity

Different ways to increase your employee productivity

The issue of declining employee productivity in the UK

Employee productivity in the UK has been steadily declining despite the fact people have been working more. It’s a paradox: working hours are at an all-time high and more people are employed than ever before, yet business productivity is collapsing – government figures show output is at its lowest level since 1991.  An online survey of 3,019 employees conducted by Unlocking Productivity: Working in the UK report found that 23% of respondents admitted to feeling “unproductive”. If nearly a quarter of UK employees rate themselves as “unproductive” at work, the potential is there for employers to adjust their practices and office environments to inspire a boost in worker efficiency and output.

What can I do if I feel my business isn’t being as productive as it could be?

Although this problem of productivity is negatively affecting business efficiency rates, it also provides an opportunity for employers. In this modern age where technology is key to daily life, it is also key to utilise technology to get the most out of your working life. Can the process be digitised? Can those opportunities be accessed with technology? Because, if so, it is likely that if you are not using the right tools, you aren’t maximising the potential of your workforce. If procedures can be removed or simplified, it could free up individuals’ time and increase output.

In the surveys conducted for the Unlocking Productivity: Working in the UK report, 80% of employees who described themselves as productive said they had the right technology for the job.

So how can I increase my employee productivity with technology?

Firstly, having the right software, and knowing what it does. Stay up to date with software like Smartsheet and Basecamp, and regularly hunt for tools your industry uses (you can do this by simply searching the internet, or having tech firms on your social media to follow the trends). Keep your business modern; a new phone system may not only save you costs in the long term, but it will also allow your workers to access remote working, video conferencing, call barging and other great and handy features. Providing employees with the right mobiles and computers creates an “anywhere office”, with those employees being able to communicate with colleagues and collaborate wherever their base is. Workplaces thrive when they’re kitted out with the requisite tools; employees are more productive and businesses can keep up with competitors.

If the UK workforce is to overcome its productivity issues, employers have to be ready to adapt and modernise their businesses to explore workplace flexibility.

UK Connect are committed to improving business productivity through our services.

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Construction Boom in the North West

The North-west of England has seen a construction boom over the last year, according to new figures

Total construction output across the region is up 15% to more than £4.6bn in the three months to August compared to the same period last year, according to the Office of National Statistics. Overall construction output in Great Britain for the period was up 1.5% on the same time in 2017 – meaning the regions’s increase was 10 times the national average.Read more

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Redrow Homes West Country celebrates National Apprentice of the Year award

A Devon born and bred aspiring painter and decorator with huge ambitions has been named as Redrow’s National Apprentice of the Year. Courtney Baker-Edwards from the West Country division was presented with the award at Redrow’s annual Apprenticeship Awards. Redrow prides itself on valuing and developing its employees. The housebuilder has been listed as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for five consecutive years and was awarded Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Apprentice Employee of the Year.Read more