Atos supports home-working for employees with new social media tools
Company wide use of new tools has led to removal of physical desk phones
2nd February, 2015
Atos, an international leader in digital services, is implementing a change management programme that will aim to increase the levels of staff productivity. They will be removing all desk phones from the 650 employees based in its London office which has an additional 2000 employees visiting each year.
As part of the Global Voice Project which responds directly to employees technology concerns, the digital services company has introduced a new internet-based instant messaging, voice and video technology for all its employees to make it easier for staff to work productively either in the office or at home as well as an easy to use social media internal tool, blueKiwi, which allows for group conversations and easy sharing of documents and information.
With the rise of mobile technologies this reflects the changing ways people in the workplace communicate with each other. As the digital generation now join the workforce having different communication methods is becoming even more vital to business.
Marc Mosthav, Chief Information Officer of Atos UK & Ireland, explains:
“Alexander Graham Bell will be turning in his grave at the thought of the death of the handset but that’s the reality in the work place today. We’re witnessing a real change in the way our people communicate particularly as a result of social media and mobile communications.
“At the forefront of driving new technology, we’ve introduced our own internal social networks in order to increase levels of staff engagement and we recognise that people are now communicating in different ways. The use and demand for physical telephone handsets has diminished so much that we’ve introduced a phone system combining PC based and mobile telephony. A few years ago people might have been uneasy phoning mobile numbers for work purposes but that has totally changed.
“Our new technology will allow our staff to work productively from home with easy and simple ways of communicating with colleagues, clients and contacts providing the flexibility they need within a secure and resilient infrastructure.”
Given the advances in technology with more people working from home, Atos is now re-evaluating its work spaces in order to increase productivity and make full use of its infrastructure.
Robert Shaw, Atos’ UK & Ireland Workplace Redesign Lead, commented:
“Our employees today are demanding different kinds of work spaces with a variety of informal meeting places and sound-proofed booths replacing fixed position desk or offices. Thanks to wireless telephony, 4G and Wifi, employees can now work virtually and securely whether from home, while travelling between sites or at client premises.
“All of this creates a more balanced working environment, which can support taking time for the school run or waiting for the plumber, because our people are fully equipped to what is required at the right time no matter their location. At Atos our ambition is to be recognised as one of the best companies to work for and we strive every day to achieve this.”
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About Atos Wellbeing@work
Atos aims to attract the best talents, matching the social expectations of employees and the ‘Y generation’, encouraging personal development and anticipating new ways of working through the use of innovative IT technology.
Atos launched the Wellbeing@Work program to deliver on this ambition two years ago. Wellbeing@Work covers all aspects of the future workplace.
As part of the Great Places to Work programme, Atos is exploring innovative solutions such as Bring Your Own Device to allow our people to work the way we want to work as well as introducing internal social media tools such as blueKiwi.
Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of €10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.
Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline. For more information, visit: uk.atos.net
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