Never before has working from home been such a hot topic. With the spread of COVID-19, or Coronavirus as it is more commonly known as, companies around the world are looking at how they will maintain business continuity. Of course, most will already have a business continuity plan in place, but does this account for the fact your employees may not be in the office for a period of weeks rather than a day or two?
Working from Home as the solution in 2020
It’s never been easier to work from home. Most “Knowledge workers” have access to laptops, VPNs, and some will have even dabbled in collaboration solutions to work across locations. Working from home will become part of the solution to the Coronavirus outbreak. But companies will need to prepare for this, working from home full time for weeks on end isn’t as straightforward as it seems.
Top 3 things to do to prepare for Working from Home
1. Give your people the right tools to collaborate at home
Working from home isn’t just about having a laptop. Employees need to stay connected to each other and the company. Keeping clear lines of communication is key. Technology such as Webex, Zoom and Microsoft Teams allow your people to continue to meet each day. Where as technologies such as Workplace, Yammer, and Slack can keep the conversation flowing in an informal way. Consider what your people have now and what they will need.
2. Be flexible in your working from home policy now
Don’t wait for a mandatory shut down, get working from home practice in now. By loosening up your working from home policy your people will feel more comfortable with staying away from the office should they need to.
3. Stay connected to your people
Working from home throws whole host of new challenges for team dynamics so you need to be prepared to manage them. Working from home can be an isolating experience, especially when it is for long periods of time. Schedule regular one to ones and team standups with your team over video call to check in on them. Use the likes of Workplace, Teams or Slack to keep the conversation going and keep them updated with the latest news.
Leaving change to chance never works
Employees won’t use your digital workplace tools if you don’t tell them why and teach them how. Future Worx gets everyone using new tools in the best ways by raising awareness, revealing the value and showing how to work smarter in this digital age.
They’ll be happier and more effective. You’ll transform the business.