Category: Business

How can apps support the hybrid workplace?

Did somebody say use apps? How can apps support the hybrid workplace? We have experienced extremes in the last year. We were working in the office to suddenly working from home or perhaps you may have been furloughed for some time. With the easing of lockdown (fingers crossed), a dilemma is emerging that has encouraged a debate regarding how we may be working in the future. Zoom recently collaborated with Survey Monkey to investigate the future ways of working. Whilst the survey found that the majority of workers are eagerly anticipating returning to the office (66%), according to the report: About two-thirds (65%) of respondents who have been working from home over the past year said that a hybrid work read more...

Clinton Groome announced as new Chief Operations Officer for Mode Solutions

BUSINESS NEWS PRESS RELEASE EMBARGOED UNTIL 0800 am 2 June 2021 Mode Solutions, a leading IT Managed Services provider to UK SMEs has announced the appointment of Clinton Groome as their new Chief Operations Officer. Clinton has over two decades of expertise in outsourcing and in–house service delivery sector, with a proven track record of managing operations, leading and developing teams and leading strategy development across multiple areas. Groome arrives from Conne3t, where he spent five years as VP of Operations. Alex Tupman commented “I am delighted that Clinton has joined Mode at this exciting time in our growth phase. Clinton’s understanding of business process and systems as well as running large teams of technical and support personnel will be read more...

How to support your colleague’s health and well-being in a changing workplace

As it’s mental health awareness week, it’s a moment to reflect on how much the workplace has changed. From last year, being thrown into remote working, with little notice, to now the prospect of changing again by either working in the office, and or both in a hybrid working environment, its imperative that we consider the affect this has on our colleagues and understand how we can support them as business leaders and teammates. So, Mode’s top tips would be: Retain a work/life balance. This is so important for people working from home. It’s well known that when you are working from home, it’s more difficult to remove yourself from work. Encourage your teams to set a definite finish time read more...

What does hybrid working mean for your business? What are the pros and cons?

For some time, even before the pandemic, there had been businesses adopting a “Hybrid” style working. However, whilst the virus forced us all to be working remotely, this does not mean that all businesses are capable to function remotely for the foreseeable future. Whether that is due to financial reasons, or for logistical ones, there has not been a move to 100% remote working. Therefore, a hybrid model has been adopted which is a compromise of home working and office working. A labour market survey indicated that in April 46.6% of people were working from home, 86% of which were doing so, as a direct result of the pandemic. Moving forward, it was indicated that 77% of people were favouring read more...

Top Tips for Perfect Office Lighting

Office lighting can impact hugely on the people that use the space. It can affect on the health of your staff – dim lighting causes restless sleep – and also your company image. It can be overlooked, but here is some insight into how you can improve and make the most of your lighting, helping you greatly improve the wellbeing, productivity and creativity of your staff and the impression you give to your clients. Each area of a modern office demands its own type of lighting to suit the requirements of the people working there. Lighting should be layered to avoid over-illumination, so instead of all the light coming from the ceiling, general lighting should be layered with ambient and read more...

Top Tips for Your Well-Being at Work

Considering the 10th of October was World Mental Health Day, Mode thought it was a good time to share our thoughts on looking after your well-being whilst at work. Ensuring you are looking after yourself, not only benefits the business you work for, but helps support your home life too and the balance is of paramount importance. Some recent research has suggested (CV Library) that 42.9% of people feel that work is a contributing factor in having negative feelings. Well we’d all like to disappear on an aeroplane to a remote island, but the fact is, that most of us have to keep working, so let’s look at what you can do to make sure you are looking after your read more...

5 ways your business can support a charity

It is often assumed that only larger businesses have the capacity to offer support to a charity. They have the profits to offer the support and the resources. However, that doesn’t mean that smaller businesses can’t get involved too. Plus, their contribution can have a significant impact on the charities they support. There are several ways a small business can get involved and help a charity. In kind donations – offering in kind donations could a great way of offering support and this could include gifts of labour, services or even donating your office space to help a charitable event. Your time and knowledge as a donation – small businesses may not have the profits to donate to charities, but they read more...

A guide to leasing a printer for your business

Whilst we often in business do not think about our printing requirements, it is undeniable that printers feature so heavily. So often they are an expensive asset particularly if you own the equipment, and aging solutions can cause you trouble and money when they fail. However, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud where your business doesn’t have to outlay the hefty cost of buying the print solutions, they need by leasing the printers you need. Don’t get confused though with renting a printer though. Whilst renting can be a more cost effective way of obtaining the printers you need, offering flexibility in the terms of the agreement meaning you can stop renting whenever you want, that also read more...

Why implementing a Print management solution will support your business?

Businesses often focus on implementing solutions for IT, communications and marketing. However, print management is an area that is often overlooked in terms of reviewing efficiency, cost effectiveness and security of your devices. For 25 years, Mode has supported clients in London with their print management, ensuring that we offer a bespoke solution and help businesses understand their printing environments. Mode has often found with our London clients, that their print management requirements vary considerably, depending on the size of business, their objectives and their future strategies. Print management should be there to support your aims and an excellent supplier should make sure that they are improving your workflows to ensure that they are seamless and minimise downtime to be read more...

Managed Print Services: How Can This Support your Business?

Managing your printing fleet is time consuming as rarely is this all configured across your business. IT can often manage the security and maintenance, whilst office management can be in charge of supplies. With multiple departments involved, it can be hard to gauge your real print volumes and what issues there are which can be impacting on your uptime and productivity of your teams. Why are people using managed print services more now? There has, in recent years, been an increase in using print solutions suppliers to manage businesses’ printing fleet and reasons for this vary. IT departments are always eager to keep ahead on technological advances and photocopiers can be seen as a legacy technology, often posing as a read more...