The benefits which full fibre can bring to hybrid working is just one of the reasons why CityFibre is
currently laying full fibre network technology in locations across Yorkshire, meaning it will be
bringing fast reliable internet services within reach of almost every home and business in the area.
The last two years have seen a seismic change in how many of us work, and now as life starts to
return to some sort of normalcy and workers return to the office, it’s clear that things will never go
back to how they were before, with businesses looking to adopt hybrid and home working models.
This approach will be welcomed by many, as throughout the pandemic, desk-based workers were
able to enjoy benefits like cutting back on their commute and saving money on travel and lunches.
Now as employees and businesses increasingly embrace this new way of working, understanding
which tools employees need to work effectively from home is a top priority.
To explore this, CityFibre teamed up with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to gain an
insight into how the UK’s move to hybrid working is progressing. As part of the research, CMI
polled 1,000 managers about hybrid working, with 85 per cent of them expecting staff to continue
to work remotely for some time. While this revealed an encouraging willingness to support flexible
working, the data also uncovered some of the challenges which businesses and staff may face
when adopting a hybrid model.
The polling highlighted that the main barrier to successful homeworking is unreliable broadband. In
fact, an overwhelming majority of managers said that their staff had faced problems due to poor
connectivity, such as being unable to join meetings or dropping out during important calls.
In spite of this, managers recognised the value of hybrid working with improved connectivity, with
94 per cent of those polled agreeing that better broadband could unlock new job opportunities by
enabling people to apply for roles that would previously have been full-time fixed office based.
These stats highlight how important good connectivity is to home working, and that simply having
an internet connection isn’t enough: it must be fit-for-purpose and future-proof. As our lives move
increasingly online, the best way to ensure you can always work effectively and efficiently is to
connect your home to full fibre. Currently, the majority of internet connections across the UK are on
legacy copper cabling, which was designed to carry sound, not pictures. However, a full fibre
network carries data at the speed-of-light providing the fastest, most reliable connection available.
In terms of homeworking, the speeds provided by a full fibre connection will ensure that you can do
your job online without any frustrating delays. Video calls will be buffer-free and the network will
have the capacity to support your data needs whatever your role involves.
Here in Yorkshire, work on the rollout is well underway in Bradford, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Leeds
and Sheffield and many residents are already feeling the advantages of having access to the best
digital connectivity available. Visit our postcode checker to find out if your home is ready to be
connected at www.cityfibre.com