It’s a mobile world and your employees are no longer tied to their desks. They demand the freedom to work from anywhere. Big ask? Not really. Here's why.

If there’s anything that has shaped the past decade, it’s people power—and the wonders of a connected world.

These two forces have overturned autocracy, uprooted pre-conceived notions, and heralded a new, free, democratic world.

That’s what’s happening within corporate walls. Employees are demanding the freedom to bring their own devices, work-from-home policies, and a workplace that isn’t restricted to their desks. Happier employees are more productive. That, in turn, makes your company more profitable.

Technologies like Unified Communications (UC)–that integrate telephony, Web conferencing, Instant Messaging (IM), and video conferencing—are making that possible.

As individual components, voice (IP telephony) is the first step for most organizations towards UC. Video conferencing enables employees to have virtual face-to-face meetings without the need to travel to client locations, for instance. And all of that is possible through a robust network that forms the lifeline of UC.

Gallup’s 2016 Q12 Meta-Analysis report found that higher employee engagement leads to more employee satisfaction and better employees–and subsequently—enhances company performance.

Collaboration forms the core of this paradigm. That’s because today, effective communication mechanisms—like UC–increase employee productivity and that, in turn, increases an organization’s profitability. Gallup’s 2016 Q12 Meta-Analysis report found that higher employee engagement leads to more employee satisfaction and better employees–and subsequently—enhances company performance.

Integrated Communication
That can only be achieved with effective collaboration tools. The ability to communicate with colleagues through video conferencing, instant messaging, and audio conferencing anytime, anywhere, empowers employees. And that translates to profitability for organizations.

It isn’t as far-fetched as it seems. Consider this: According to IDG Enterprise’s Unified Communications & Collaboration Study, 93 percent of employees said their productivity increased when using UC tools. In the same survey, 88 percent said UC tools enable faster problem solving, and 81 percent experienced faster decision-making.

The Power of Video
One way to achieve faster decision-making—especially when it comes to company-wide decisions—or even close sales deals is to quickly get on a video conference with colleagues spread across geographies. Instead of investing time, money and effort in traveling to client locations or to meet business heads, your sales teams can—with a single click—get on a video call and close deals. They can moderate or participate in a meeting, share content, discuss, and make decisions—from any device, and any location.

According to IDG Enterprise’s Unified Communications & Collaboration Study, 93 percent of employees said their productivity increased when using UC tools.

Enabling BYOD
Giving employees a consumer-like experience at the workplace by allowing BYOD or Bring Your Own Device goes a long way in increasing productivity. BYOD empowers them with the freedom to work anytime, anywhere. And UC makes that possible.

Multiple ways of communicating internally boost employee productivity and enables them to get more done. It ensures that business is always on and your employees are always available. In order to resolve issues quickly, it is critical to get the right people at the right time. UC helps employees do exactly that.

Presence
Your employees don’t waste time waiting for other colleagues to join a meeting as UC tools provide users with the functionality to inform with just an icon whether they are available or not.

The best part about UC is that organizations get IM/presence, multi-party audio, multi-stream video with grid layout, web conferencing, and interactive desktop sharing–all in one intuitive collaboration environment.

It’s a mobile world and your employees are no longer tied to their desks. It’s the age of the untethered employee. And with Unified Communications, you have a chance to make the most of it.