Remote work is becoming much more of an accepted norm at forward thinking organizations, rather than a perk or a luxury. However, there are still many global organizations that aren’t comfortable with allowing their employees to work offsite. But with recent outbreaks of the coronavirus, the appeal of remote work and working from home is gaining a lot more steam – and for good reason – with many of these companies.
A recent article published by Forbes chimes in and discusses that this may be the time to test your remote work policies in an effort to slow down the spread of the virus among co-workers. Ultimately, the idea is that it will help keep staff healthy enough to work, even if it isn’t in the office. This of course can help prevent any declines in productivity and the company’s bottom line. With that said, there’s a big “IF.” The if is if your company has built the necessary support systems and strategies to accommodate employees. A good place to start is to ask yourselves these questions:
- Do employees know when to work from home?
- Do they have access to corporate portals from home?
- Can they access critical information when they’re home?
- Has the company taken the right precautions to ensure they’re compliant with industry regulations?
- Is there a centralized collaboration portal for employees to converse and work on projects together?
While this is only a small sample of the questions to ask, check out this whitepaper to learn some key best practices on leveraging your digital workplace for remote work.
A Digital Workplace (DW) can be the solution
With a well-implemented and adopted DW, employees can tackle their normal day-to-day without having to be onsite, which is critical when issues such as the corona virus are forcing employers to explore work from home options.
To put it simply, centralization of information is key. Employees can find what they need in a singular location. If they need to find a specific resource, they can search for it via one portal (instead of sifting through a multitude of different digital systems). Moreover, digital workplaces (DW) are a great solution for sharing key resources and collaborating on them in real time. With enhanced integrations, employees can handle a majority of tasks from their DW. For managers, this is key to ensuring the right alerts and messages are seen. They’re even able to track this live.
It’s also key to make sure your employees know your company’s protocol. A digital workplace is a great tool to enable them to be successful, but it’s your organization’s hard work, planning, and dedication that will ensure remote work / working from home actually “works.”
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