The recent spread and recommended quarantine due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is leaving companies scrambling to create work from home policies. Remote working has been on trend over the last couple of years, with many companies slowly introducing the concept among employees. Many experts predicted this year to be the year of remote work. Little did they know that the concerns and onset spread of COVID-19 would accelerate the shift to working from home by companies nationwide.
For companies with these policies already in place, the transition should be relatively smooth with little transitional issues. Others are left scratching their heads on the next step to protect not only their employees but their business from loss of productivity. We have a few tips to guide employers in the right areas.
39% of surveyed employees believe that people in their own organization don’t collaborate enough. To effectively ensure the flow of communication between team members, consider implementing the use of digital collaboration tools. Programs like Asana, Slack or Basecamp allow for continual communication with your employees and between project teams. An email is always a useful tool but having different options can reduce the dreaded inbox pileup.
Many companies have shifted to using online cloud-based software and programs that allow secure and easy access to company documentation and information. Providing essential information to staff is vital for team morale.
It is essential to establish a schedule to maintain the flow of work to make deadlines. Using cloud-based calendars with set expectations of operating hours can develop a routine for your team. In many cases, depending on the projects, allowing for a flexible work schedule will allow your team to work within their own peak performance windows.
Using tools like Harvest, BaseCamp, Azure, Freshdesk, or Trello - to name a few - will allow your team to track and maintain the status of their projects effectively. These tools allow for ease of tracking time and hours, project status, client communication, and more.
There are a few recommendations listed on the CDC site that can help as you make plans to roll out a work from home plan for your team. We also have an employee-centric blog filled with #WFH tips.
The reality is COVID-19 is not the last scare we are going to deal with. The good news is the ability to optimize your company to a “work from anywhere” environment has never been more available or affordable. We have access to cloud-enabled desktops, CRMs, and collaborative tools that increase productivity and open the channels of communication like never before. All of these services are designed with security and ease of use in mind.
With all of the choices available, it can be overwhelming to decide what works best for your company. That’s where Clevyr comes in; we can evaluate your needs to help find the best solution for your business. These services are often combined with a software interface customized to your exact requirements. Our most recent project is the Clevyr Cares Coronavirus Dashboard & Resource Center which provides real-time stats and resources to help businesses maintain awareness of the COVID- 19 pandemic.
Contact us today to find out how we can help.