As Part II of our “Empowering the Remote Workforce” series, we take a look at your company’s remote work strategy. You, like many other companies are trying to navigate the muddy waters of telecommuting. After over a year since the great remote work movement, we ask you: Is it working for you?
Work/life balance has never been so crucial as it has been since the pandemic. Your employees may feel like their work-space is encroaching on their personal space and this makes that line between work and home even more blurred. If your employee is working in their living room, they could be distracted while kids are home from school. Or, if your employee has set up shop in their bedroom, it may be giving them sleep problems. One of the best first steps to helping your employees work from home is by making sure they have the tools they need to set up a designated office-wherever that office may be. Good quality headsets, WiFi repeaters, full-screen monitors, even an easy call hookup like Teams Voice can make all the difference for your employees.
One of the first major changes we all noticed when working from home was that our normal schedules went out the window. As mentioned in Part I of this series, not being able to communicate properly can cause serious issues in the workplace. When your employees don’t feel like they have a regular routine, it becomes easier to miss calls, important emails and even deadlines. But if you consolidate all of the company meetings, correspondence and contacts onto one easy-to-use system, then your employees might not feel so scatterbrained when working remotely.
One of the beauties and pitfalls of working from home is that you should presumably be able to work from anywhere. After all, why not be able to pick up and go see their in-laws at a moment’s notice, right? Or maybe, they are waving the white flag one month into summer break and just need to hold up at a coffee shop for a few hours. But what if the area they are trying to join the meeting and has spotty WiFi? The whole point of working from home is to have the ability to work from anywhere. Don’t cut the remote work movement off by the knees by going with a second-rate internet provider.
What if your employees have trouble accessing the cloud while they are out of office? Not only that, but is it safe for employees to access those files remotely? These are major issues that can cause stress on employees when working from home. Make sure that your service provider is not only reliable but secure as well. Maybe it’s time to set up two-factor authentication? Give your employees piece of mind knowing that you took care of it, and they will always have access to a premium cloud service.
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