I know, the big game hasn’t even been played yet, what am I talking about a hangover for? Because here in the Bay Area the Super Bowl actually seemed to begin about three weeks ago. Everything from skyscraper-sized sponsor spots to a crop of concerts, tapings, and events has driven much of already congested veins of traffic on the peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose to a decisive, grinding halt. Granted that for an area of sports fans as ravenous as the Bay Area, this is a fine problem to have, while the myriad sideshows of the Super Bowl rage on, the impact that they have on the day-to-day of the bustling local economy is significant. That’s why, even now well in advance of kickoff, Super Bowl L is already beginning to feel like a party that we’ve stayed too long at.
If there’s one thing that business in San Francisco is known for, it’s for being progressive. From the notoriously casual work attire to the much reported-on perks and lifestyle integrations like dog-friendliness and ping-pong, startup culture is hallmarked by as much leisure as venture capital. So it’s no surprise when the first reports of Super Bowl work hours and office schedules began to surface. Even the older, stuffier industries in the Financial District of San Francisco have taken to loosening the reins and allowing for flexible work-from-home (WFH) options to employees who need to traverse the seemingly endless expanse of road closures and security checkpoints leading into Super Bowl City.
Tools for Everyone
Sure, you’ll say, these fancy venture-backed upstarts have all the tools available to them in the world, of course they are working from home. They probably all have home offices and computers bought for them by their boss, King Midas! No, that’s not exactly the case. In fact, more of the companies in the Bay Area are switching to lower cost, hosted communications systems each day. While the cost of their office space may suggest otherwise, most of the companies here are in dire need of cutting costs just like anywhere, and they’ve found that the reliability and flexibility of hosted telephone systems have proven to be an indispensable part of their communications strategy. It’s these unified communications strategies that allow for the flexibility to react to environmental conditions that impact employees. Conditions like say, about 1,000,000 people flooding into streets that were built for a fraction of that and are already burdened well beyond their capacity. This is totally a hypothetical, but for instance, if that happened it would probably warrant a late arrival at the least.
You don’t have to pull up stakes and head west to get in on this sweet WFH action. You don’t even need to need to be worried about the single biggest annual sporting event on the planet clogging-up your streets to try and get a Get Out of Jail Free card. All you need to do is make the switch to a hosted telephone platform for your own business. By doing that you’ll empower yourself and your employees to work quickly and efficiently from anywhere on the planet that they can find a data or internet connection. Plus, because WFH has been proven to boost engagement and employee satisfaction, switching to VoIP now may also be the best thing you’ve done for you business in a while.
No matter where you (or we) may find ourselves working from over the next several days, however, we’re always available for any of your questions or concerns right here in sunny California. So sign up for a personal tour of our cloud communications, follow us on Twitter, or simply read more to learn how the future of advanced communications for your business isn’t as out-of-reach as you may think. And go Broncos.