The huge increase of people working from home, for obvious reasons, means faster home-broadband can have a huge impact on productivity.
It is believed that speeds of up to 1Gbps are available in a quarter of homes across the UK as reported by Ofcom (UK average speed in 2019 22Mbps), that’s nearly 8 million UK homes! So, could your employees benefit from reviewing their internet speed? We think so.
Why are faster home broadband speeds important for your business?
Generally Faster Loading – A survey by the independent revealed that the average employee spends over 140 hours a month at their computer. Therefore, a small improvement in loading times when using the internet can have a massive increase in productivity over the course of a year.
Less dropped calls – Video calling is one of the strongest communication tools businesses currently have at their fingertips. However, dropped calls and poor connection regularly slow down meetings and can lead to miscommunication, faults and wasted time. Faster internet reduces the likelihood and regularity of issues.
Quicker Upload times – Upload speeds are generally far slower than download ones, therefore meaning this can be a very time-consuming practice if using a slow internet connection. If you are often waiting for uploads then faster internet could save you time.
How can someone check their internet speed?
To discover the speed at which your internet is operating at home, Google offers a checking tool on their search engine.
Otherwise, click here for a broadband speed checker which gives a few different internet speed tests including an area test to understand if you could have faster broadband.
What the future holds…
Initially, the Government had targeted a broadband speed of up to 1 Gbps for everyone by 2025, however this figure has recently been cut to 85% of people.
Working from home should only become easier as software and broadband evolve in tandem to facilitate this more successfully.
Whether your business has a few employees at home or all of them, it is worthwhile looking into broadband speeds for a potential boost to productivity.