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Virgin Cuts Travel Costs by 20% After Rolling out Unified Co

Virgin Media has cut its travel cost by 20%, after introducing technology to allow employees to communicate and collaborate more effectively from the office or on the move.

The company has invested in video conferencing and instant messaging technologies to link employees across Virgin's 200 UK offices.

Virgin's turnover in 2013 was £1bn and the firm says the move is saving employees up to five hours a week in travelling time.

Colin Miles, director of IT Infrastructure and Enterprise Services, explained that the results are to make employees more engaged and have a better work/life balance.

He said: "People were having to work longer hours to maintain the same productivity, or productivity was dropping because people could not work the extra hours," he said. "Now we have found that people are more engaged through having the ability to conduct a lot more meetings remotely."

Speaking ahead of a presentation at a major HR technology conference, Miles added: "Travel and expenses costs were growing, because of project meetings. People's work life balance was affected because they were away from home, and there was low productivity because there was a lot of dead time."

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