While the series of tube strikes have come to a halt for now, Londoners don’t exactly feel out of the woods. Further planned industrial action, almost inevitable over the coming months before the introduction of the night tubes will only mean one thing: grumpy Londoners struggling to get to work and ranting on social media about the pay of the tube drivers.
Cutting off a critical part of the city’s transport infrastructure, tube strikes are notorious for sending London into chaos, costing businesses precious workforce productivity.
Strikes do not have to impact your business
While the term ‘rail replacement bus service’ has the tendency to send shivers down the spine of even the most resilient Londoner, the strikes don’t have to cost businesses their productivity.
Flexible working is no longer the challenge it once was, in fact arrangements are increasingly regarded as a right, not privilege. As such today’s businesses are starting to rethink the way they provision their computing environment in the interests of agility through times of stagnation.
Turning to virtual technologies, including Desktop-as-a-Service and other cloud-based solutions, could be the answer. If the workforce can access business critical information from any device or location this would reduce the need for many employees to waste hours battling the disrupted commute and could support hot-desking and other space saving working models. It also cuts down the risk of disruption should the office be left inaccessible due to extreme weather or other issues.
Read about other ways to cope with strikes and disruptions:
- Five of the most creative responses to commuter woes
- Public sector strike “nightmare” for UK plc
- With tube strikes and more to manage, here’s a look inside the minds of London’s commuters
Employees normally tied to the office with a desktop PC are symptomatic of an old-fashioned and outdated approach to handling sensitive information and increasing productivity.
Virtualising the desktop and applications is arguably the best way to secure your data and provide work location flexibility since the data and processing takes place in a datacentre not the end user device. Face to face meetings are still a vital part of business communications, but having the option to work from different locations could prove valuable in enhancing both staff efficiency and employee happiness.
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