Changes in Business Operations Since the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have switched to either complete remote or hybrid work. This has made a significant impact on the way employees choose to work. Some employees have returned in a more limited capacity, while others have decided not to return to the office. As a result of this trend, a decrease in the amount of usable office space has been reported by several businesses. 

Robin Powered conducted a survey called 2022 Office Space, where they asked several business owners and/or managers various questions related to the use of their office space in the workplace after the COVID-19 pandemic, remote and hybrid work, and the Great Resignation. The results they found were quite interesting. 

Some details from the report include:

  • 46 percent of those surveyed no longer use more than half of their available office space.
  • 11 percent of respondents use all of their available office space.
  • 48 percent of those surveyed report their use of open office space has decreased since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • 60 percent of those currently using half or less of their available office space have since downsized before the pandemic.
  • 46 percent of respondents plan to reduce their available office space in 2023.
  • 59 percent of those surveyed are planning to cut their office space by half or even more than half.

From the survey, 83 percent of those respondents indicated that these changes were made to reduce costs and save more money. About 73% of respondents plan to transition to hybrid business operations instead of laying off employees or other cost-effective practices. 

Aside from interviewing business owners and facilities managers, Robin Powered also surveyed the employees that work at those companies and received more information on how they prefer to work. 

  • 37 percent of employees surveyed are working full time at the office. 
  • 61 percent of the employees surveyed have some type of hybrid work environment.
  • 87 percent of hybrid employees report spending two or more days a week at the office.

A common question among business owners and managers is how can we help employees to the best of our abilities with remote and/or hybrid business operations increasing significantly? Business owners and facilities managers must also consider the substantial cost savings associated with remote and hybrid work. 

One of the best ways to assist you through this process while making changes to your own business operations is working with an IT service provider, like us at 4 Corner IT, to ensure your technology can support some of these changes. We can assist you and your company in acquiring and implementing the right technology to sustain remote and/or hybrid business operations. 

For any questions or to learn more about what we can do for your company, please contact us today at 954.474.2204.

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Vendor Management Can Really Waste Your Time

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As a business owner, vendor management is very important and vendor relationships must be cultivated and maintained in some way on the off chance you need them for support. However, working with vendors can be stressful and downright frustrating at times. Let’s examine a specific situation that demonstrates these challenges and what you can do about them. 

Imagine that you have one vendor who you need to contact about a specific issue you have with an application you use on a daily basis. You want it to work for your company, but you have to adjust the settings to allow it to work well with other applications on your network. These other applications are not necessarily managed by the same vendor. Next thing you know, you are calling other vendors left and right to see what your options are, and you have tasks piling up on your desk that are not getting resolved because you are too busy on the phone with vendor after vendor. A simple task turns into a wild goose chase for the correct solution to your problem. 

In the end, you might not even find the right answer. You might waste all of this time on the phone with vendors and be no closer to solving your problem. You’ll have to repeat the process again and again until someone is able to help you, and this frustration might lead you to just give up on the solution entirely, despite your research telling you that it is the best tool for the job. 

When you have so many solutions on your infrastructure, including software and hardware components, vendor overload can happen. It can be difficult to keep everyone straight, especially when you have countless points of contact for the plethora of vendors your business works with. It would be easier and much more simple to have a single point of contact for all vendors on your list, but surely something like this is too good to be true… right? 

Not necessarily—it turns out that managed service providers can offer a vendor management solution that can make working with your vendors much easier in the long term. The biggest issue is managing points of contact and dealing with them, so vendor management services allow you to bypass both of these by reaching out to one point of contact—your managed service provider—thus streamlining the process. 

A managed service provider effectively creates this single point of contact for your technology needs, vendor management included. If you need help setting up a new solution, we’ve got your back. If you need some support with that new solution, we’ve got that covered, too. We act as the mediator between you and your vendors so you can have one phone number on your contact list for all of your technology needs instead of a hundred. If you do need to get in touch with your vendors, just let us know and we can take care of that for you. 

4 Corner IT wants to help your business with managed services. To learn more, reach out to us at (954) 474-2204.