Archive for July, 2008

Flexible working options for more parents in 2009

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Has Gordon Brown finally got something right? Well in my eyes, extending flexible working options to parents of children up to the age of 16 can only be a good thing. Already available to the parents of children under the age of 6, this will not become law until April 09. You can read his proposed ideas in the Mail online where he clearly wants to be seen as working towards a smarter way of working for families in the future. The trick is now to get small businesses ready for such a move. 

Whilst the Conservatives would extend this even further if in power, to the age of 18, the options of creating a better work/life balance is looking promising. 

A smaller carbon footprint

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Desktop events company BroadView has published a report showing how delegates at a conference broadcast from New Orleans saved an average of 3.7 tonnes of Co2 each, by not attending the event in person.

It’s not just big events with attendees from all over the world where reducing travel helps the environment. At Yuuguu, we’re seeing how our customers are reducing their everyday carbon footprint, by collaborating online rather than travelling for face-to-face meetings.  A great example is this case study of Remote New Media, who use Yuuguu as a support tool for their customers.  Our remote desktop sharing and control features have allowed the company to improve its customer offering while supporting their environmental approach to business.

Group chat and conference calls

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

We’ve just sent out our first newsletter – if you received it, please get in touch with any feedback or suggestions.

The most popular article has proven to be our ‘how to’ guide on group chat and conference calling.  We’ve picked up in recent user testing that our conference calling feature is not as prominent as it should be in the Yuuguu application, so we will be addressing that in the near future.

Home working in Germany

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Fifty percent of German workers would like to work at home for several days a week, according to a recent survey by Bitkom, the association for IT, telecoms and new media.  Seventeen percent of those surveyed would prefer to work at home all of the time and only 25% don’t like the idea of homeworking at all.  The desire for home working was much stronger in younger age groups.

Bitkom’s report points to the obvious advantages of home working: a better balance between work and family life, reduced travel costs and less time wasted on commuting.  It goes on to say that the technology requirements for homeworking are minimal – no more than a computer, a phone and a broadband connection, but points out that home workers need a high level of trust and autonomy from their employers in order to be effective. 

I feel that these cultural issues within companies are key.  It seems that some senior managers are reluctant to allow home working, due to concerns about productivity, despite significant evidence to the contrary.  The need to attract and retain talented employees remains hugely important and those who are willing to adopt more flexible working practices may be gaining a significant advantage in the employment market.

India leads the charge

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

A look at ‘screen sharing’ on Google Trends shows some interesting results.  Unsurprisingly, searches for screen sharing have risen hugely in the last twelve months.  What did surprise me is that India tops the list of countries searching on that topic. 

At Yuuguu we love the fact that we are helping to connect people all over the world, so that they can work more effectively together from different locations.  And we have quite a following in India – it’s the fifth largest user country for us. 

If you are a Yuuguu user and live in India, or work with someone who does, please get in touch and tell us how you are making use of the service – we’d love to hear your story and any suggestions about how you would like us to develop it further for your needs.