61% of global companies currently have some sort of remote working policy for their staff, according to a 2019 survey. But for remote working to be effective, your business needs to put some serious thought into the infrastructure, security and culture around home-working.
Use the right cloud-based software tools and IT hardware – if remote working is to be effective, you need the right hardware and software to get your team connected and working productively. So, laptops, tablets and a speedy internet connection are vital.
Be highly conscious of online security – you’re likely to have sensitive customer and business data on your network, so
it’s absolutely critical to use a secure connection. This may mean using a VPN (virtual private network) and two-step encryption.
Track your time and manage workflow online – when your team is remote you can’t keep track of their workflow in person. Instead, use time-tracking tools and online workflow management systems to monitor time spent and the progress of projects.
Ensure there’s real-time communication and messaging – a key element that remote workers miss is face-to-face interaction with their colleagues. So, it’s important to have video and online messaging tools to promote good communication within the team.
Give clear guidance and retraining for staff – the motivation levels needed to stay efficient as a remote worker are very different to those of traditional office-based staff. Training will be needed to help your people acclimatise and get used to self-managing their workload.
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