How downsizing can be cost effective and can improve company communications

Office Telephone SystemIt is both an understatement and a cliché to say that times are tough, and during this period of austerity businesses need to save wherever they can. One way of doing this is downsizing an office, which, according to the director of a leading local telecoms company, can be an ideal time to improve communications within the business.

Bright Hub compiled a list of the pros and cons of downsizing, reporting that it could improve cost savings by reducing overheads and results in labour mobility. One of the main pros is improved efficiency, due to the restructuring of the organisation leading to staff appraisals, job enrichment, and helping to eliminate corporate bureaucracy. On the other hand, it is reported that a major con of the process is disruption of interpersonal relationships at work.

This is why this transitional period is considered a key time to improve the communications infrastructure. It aids improved efficiency, and keeps everyone in the business on the same page, helping to soften the disruption of interpersonal relationships, while also leading to improved working standards in the future.

Ian Hilton, director of telecoms company Tech Advance, has been talking to Property Aspects about how downsizing can be a time to capitalise on improving communications.

He commented: “Many companies do not realise how easily they can relocate nowadays from a technology perspective, retaining their existing telephone numbers and reducing their operating cost relating to business telecoms at the same time.”

“There are many companies out there operating with a telephone system that has been in place for over 5 years, in some cases these systems are no longer suitable as they were initially deployed when the business had a much larger workforce. These companies can see improved communications and a reduced operating cost by reviewing what they have and upgrading the technology, while downgrading the number of staff they actually need to support.”

“Add to this, the shift in the market to flexible working from home and new technologies we can deploy for mobile and home workers, and it becomes possible to distribute your workforce out of that expensive office location without sacrificing on customer experience or internal communications.”

Property Aspects appreciates the contribution to this article from Ian Hilton of TechAdvance who has worked in telecommunications for 22 years. For more information, contact Ian via Tel: 0845 389 2311 or E-Mail: ihilton@techadvance.co.uk