Cisco UK & Ireland Blog

Collaboration and the perfect work/life balance

February 2, 2015

This is a guest blog post from Kelway’s Head of Marketing, Kim Smith.  Kim gives us an insight into how collaboration technologies can help employees find the perfect balance between work commitments and the demands of raising a young family.

The concept of the traditional workspace is changing for good – employees are no longer confined to the four walls of their office or stuck in a dark, windowless cubicle, instead they are increasingly working from home or whilst on the move using a range of devices.

One of Kelway’s core offerings is creating collaboration solutions that enhance and optimise the end user computing experience and ultimately deliver productivity, enabling companies to meet their objectives. As a provider of IT services and solutions with offices across the UK and the globe it is vital that Kelway can offer our staff the chance to work flexibly and collaboratively without having to compromise on productivity or security.  I have worked within the IT industry for almost 2 decades now, at various IT resellers, but never have I worked anywhere that truly “practices what they preach”.  The collaboration technology in place at Kelway really does support and drive an “anytime, anywhere” work ethic.

That is why Kelway are happy to support Cisco UKI in creating this case study about a day in the life of a working parent. In this video, Yvonne Matzk, Director of Vendor Alliances at Kelway, explains how she personally uses a range of Cisco Collaboration tools including Webex and Jabber to ensure that she can balance her work commitments with the demands of raising a young family.

Yvonne says ‘At Kelway we want to offer our employees that work/life balance in order to secure and retain talent.  This means that work fits in to our lives, rather than life fitting in to our work; Cisco is one of the vendors whose technology really helps us to achieve that.’

Take a look at Yvonne in action above and let us know how YOU use Cisco collaboration tools to achieve your perfect work/life balance… You can also get in touch with us through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, by emailing, or calling your account manager if you have one.

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  1. Thank your for sharing this Kim.

    With the help of today’s collaboration tools, remote working becomes more effective and also more fun.

    Remote working empowers both employees and employes as they achive business goals.