4. Connect the dots with technology
The tools needed for effective implementation of a business-wide remote work set-up are substantially different for those needed for an office-based operation. Workflow tools that measure productivity, collaboration platforms across audio, video and messaging, and robust security that protects sensitive business data on remote devices are all vital considerations. A cloud-based infrastructure could be the best and most efficient way to coordinate all these elements.
RSA tip: Don’t be afraid to try new things, whether that’s an overhaul of your online footprint or a different social media platform. Every experience is different.
5. Consider long-term flexibility
Remote work removes much of the reasons to keep a business shackled to the rigidity of the nine-to-five. With the tools in place to ensure employees are doing the jobs expected of them, it’s then possible to give them more freedom to work where and when they want. But this flexibility is a plus point from the perspective of the employer, too. Not only will it allow them to hire workers from a much wider geographical area, but it will also help them stand out in a job market where talented employees’ demands for flexible working will make employers offering it more desirable. However, it’s important to make sure the boundaries between work life and home life don’t become too blurred for employees, in terms of both their working arrangements and their physical working space.
RSA tip: Ensure employees can completely switch off work devices or close their home offices outside of working hours, so they feel able to relax and unwind in their free time.
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