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A recent global study on the pandemic’s impact on worker preferences and expectations revealed that more than half of the South Africans would like to work remotely at least occasionally.

The same study uncovered the global country average of those who desire full-time remote work as 24%, South Africa scored nearly double the average with 44%. The taste of remote working for many colleagues created an insatiable appetite for it. The flexibility to work when and how you desire, and being able to ‘fit’ your home, family and work-life together is greatly appreciated by South Africans.

Even those organisations who pre-pandemic were opposed to remote work had no option but to pivot their operations and infrastructure to allow for remote-working during lockdown. They are now reaping the rewards.

South Africa was also recognised as one of the only nations that rank company values as the most important workplace attriubute. In stark contrast to the rest of the world, we are more motivated by company values and culture and a great work-life balance than the usual global factors of pay and stability.

This invaluable insight allows alert organisations to attract and retain employees by meeting their needs, even in virtual working environments. Using these findings to create a long-standing solution within the work environment is the future of being an employer-of-choice.

To sum up, we can conclude that the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic to shift to remote working has been warmly embraced by South Africans. As a result, many businesses are letting go of their offices completely or downsizing.

 

THE SOLUTION TO THE DEMAND FOR REMOTE WORKING

 

The sudden shift for many organisations into a decentralised workforce created unexpected upheaval and challenges setting up a whole workforce that is no longer in a centralised location.

Cloud-based technologies were the solution for most with seamless accessibility, scalability and improved security. This shift to more dependence on cloud services, demands that the management of these is handled with meticulous care for longevity and cost efficiencies.

Many organisations have missed an opportunity to take people management onto the cloud along with operational processes. Choosing to stay with software that has limited functionality and is cumbersome and time-consuming to maintain.

Payroll and HR should be no exception as the streamlining of business processes reaches all areas of an organisation.

The remote-working movement has deep traction not just for multinationals but for smaller businesses too. Let’s explore the top 9 benefits of cloud-based technologies for all-size organisations.

 

9 BENEFITS OF CLOUD-BASED TECHNOLOGY FOR REMOTE WORKING

 

1            Seamless Access

Cloud-based technologies give remote workers seamless access to information they need, whenever they need it, and from any device that has Internet access.

Cloud computing also provides a more user-friendly infrastructure for administrators to grant the correct level of permissions to each worker – the control of which can also be done remotely to ensure up-to-the-minute accuracy and security.

2            Real-time communications

Cloud services remove the barriers and the limitations of geographical location. It also creates organisation-wide real-time communication platforms to share documents, data and collaborate on projects.

3            Enriched productivity

Having an efficient force of remote workers requires employees to have connectivity and the required resources to conduct their roles. Within the adoption of cloud computing, there is a new shift from survival to agility and growth.

Agility requires remote workers to have all the required information to make unified decisions. Cloud-based technology supports this with data readily available, in real-time and securely stored for all those with permission to access.

4            Advanced Collaboration

When you think of remote work, it might seem very isolated and silo-like but, with cloud computing, there is enhanced collaboration as colleagues can work together editing a single document.

Some tools allow task communication and coordination.

5            Reduced Downtime

Cloud technology comes with a reduced amount of downtime and interruptions compared to out-of-the-box programmes that require scheduled maintenance.

6            Scalability Ease

Being able to scale up or down with flexibility and ease is a great advantage. Without cloud-based technology, scaling up requires buying and maintaining physical servers on-site with capital expenditure and a lead time.

7            Security

The security benefits of cloud services are higher when compared to other options. Cloud safety functions on a shared responsibility model. Guaranteeing the overall safety of the cloud and can be customised to each organisation’s needs. Regulated industries need to show the measures to ensure adequate security is in place. Cloud management platforms can do this for you.

8            Automation

A massive benefit to cloud computing is automation. Assign value-creating tasks to remote workers rather than repetitive tasks.

9            Enhanced Capabilities

 

The capabilities of cloud technologies far surpass out-of-the-box functionality. Create an integrated solution and a comprehensive source of truth and insights to make decisions and drive results.

 

Transitioning your payroll and human resources functions to the cloud, along with your operations, will enhance the quality of your employee records, save you precious man-hours through automation and will better serve you in your analysis to make sound financial decisions.

 

WHAT SAGE 300 PEOPLE OFFERS:

A Total Solution: A single database for Payroll and HR data. No need for an integrator.

One Employee Record for Life: Reinstate employees at the click of a button. Complete bulk terminations. Neat employment records, including the company-joined date for calculating long service awards.

Unlimited History: Unlimited history in comparison to a 12-month history in VIP Premier.

Cost Analysis: Conduct in-depth cost calculations to multiple cost centres. See the exact cost on the employee’s screen.

Analysis fields: Enjoy unlimited analysis fields from cost centre to products to geographical location, division – the list is endless.

Complex Calculations: Set up complex calculations using ‘if’ statements. Easy to see on one screen and easy to maintain. VIP Premier in comparison calculations on multiple lines with new method lines that are complicated to maintain.

Parameter Updates: Update one single parameter to change all the linked employees, like a medical aid update or job title.

Budgeting: This is a new feature. You can do full budgeting on all vacant and filled positions which links account codes that is used in GL.

Reporting: Enhanced standard reports to include additional reports. Now schedule and email directly.

Job & Staff Requisition: A fresh feature. Create a new position by requesting a job requisition. When approved, creates a staff requisition. To fill an existing position simply link an employee into that role.

ENTICED? NOW HOW TO GET YOUR PEOPLE MANAGEMENT ON THE CLOUD WITH YOUR OPERATIONS

Join LSPinc. for an illuminating virtual webinar titled Cloud Computing: The Next Exponential Leap For All Humanity on Wednesday 28 July 2021 to discover how Sage 300 People, a cloud-based software, can improve your efficiencies, skyrocket your workflows and save you valuable time, all while tightening security and keeping you compliant with regulations.