Is remote work something organizations should care about? Well, let’s dive into a few stats first. According to an article from CNBC, “70% of people globally work remotely at least once a week.” The same article states that American employees working remotely rose to 43 percent in 2016 from 39 percent in 2012.
Okay, obviously those stats provide clarity around the notion that remote work is becoming more common and popular. Beyond that, some states such as Massachusetts are even pushing proposals that would REWARD companies that offer remote work to their employees. For those outside of MA, employers will still benefit from not requiring larger office spaces to accommodate 100% of their staff. So, not only would your organization benefit from employees enjoying work flexibility, you could see a financial boost due to reduced real estate costs. Additionally, supporting remote work can impact employees’ morale and output. A study by Forbes found that,“65% of full-time employees think a remote work schedule would increase productivity.” In the same report, two-thirds of managers echoed that overall productivity was higher for their remote employees. This increase was attributed to time gained from eliminating their commute and removal of office distractions (e.g. water cooler discussions).
With that said, is your organization set up digitally to be able to support remote work? Are workers able to communicate, collaborate and be effective in their roles while not in the office or behind a desk? If you’re unsure, or you know that your company is not quite up to par, it is important to figure out what your organization will need to ensure that employees can be effective working remotely. Running a tech audit might be a good first step to identify what tools you need. Figure out what collaboration, communication, etc. tools are being used and by who (i.e. is sales using Slack and marketing using Skype to communicate). Next, it is key to figure out what tools are needed by each department and role. This will allow you to understand what your team needs to have access to remotely in order to be successful in their roles. Lastly, how can you as the organization reach your employees? Email isn’t dead, but it isn’t used like it once was. So, as an organization do you have a mechanism to share company updates, resources, etc.?
A digital workplace might be the answer. Most organization leverage SharePoint since it comes with their Microsoft license. While that is a great start, as SharePoint allows you to post and share resources, it doesn’t connect you to 3rd party tools. Does that matter? The answer is, yes. Here’s an example of why: if you’re an IT help desk professional, a good portion of your day is probably spent in ServiceNow. You probably live in that tool. If you had a digital workplace platform that could integrate with that tool, you would be able to get updates from ServiceNow, but also SharePoint and all the other tools your use daily. You and your peers would be much more likely to catch important company updates, requests from colleagues, and the latest and greatest resources you may need in your role.
If you think your organization could benefit from a digital workplace, talk with us to see how by requesting a demo here.
Moreover, if you’d like to learn more on remote work, sign up for our upcoming webinar with industry thought-leader, Steve Bynghall. In this upcoming webinar, Remote and Deskless Employees: Managing Challenges Through a Digital Workplace Steve will cover the following: