(NewsUSA) – In the modern business age, many companies are doing away with physical office space altogether. In fact, experts say that enabling employees to work from home is doing a 180-degree turn from the perk it once was, to a business necessity.
“Who says there will be an office at all?” says Tom Austin, vice president at Gartner, a Stamford, Connecticut-based technology research firm. “Already we work from Starbucks, in the car and at our kids’ softball games.”
Yet, there are still naysayers who poo-poo the idea — Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! sent out an in-house memo last year stating that employees must come into the office — even as studies show those that have employees who work from home are, on average, more productive and have lower real-estate costs and better employee morale, which leads to less turnover. Supporting this trend is that nearly 6 million Americans work from home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Further advancing this transformation in doing business, Switch (www.switch.co) is bringing a business phone system to organizations that use GoogleApps, replacing a company’s old phone hardware with new software built to enable mobility.
“Switch makes sense for anyone who realizes their business phone system that serves a desk is broken,” says Craig Walker, founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based company.
Switch is Walker’s latest project that focuses on modernizing the traditional phone call — starting with companies that use Google Apps.
Google Apps users are directly imported into Switch, enabling a company to get up and running in minutes. Users log in with their Apps account and have immediate access to their company directory. When on a call, Switch shows the latest Gmail messages, upcoming Calendar events and shared Docs.
“Switch puts the power of the phone back into the hands of the user with your work number on your own device, enabling you to stay connected and productive from wherever your work and life take you,” he says.
Pricing for companies of all sizes is $15 per month per employee, including a free company number and unlimited domestic calls and texts. For more information, visit www.switch.co or call 844-9-SWITCH.