In the wake of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, many companies are giving their employees the option to work from home, with many non-essential businesses requiring it in order to stay up and running. It’s natural to be a bit hesitant – how will this affect business with your workforce in their homes instead of in the office? If done correctly, there should be no negative effect at all. We’ve compiled a list of tips for easing this transition and ensuring effective work from home scenarios:
- Ensure employees have the proper hardware to work from home (laptop, cable modem/WiFi router).
- Employees should always use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) that your company has in place whenever working outside of the office for security purposes.
- Employees should work from a designated workspace with a desk and comfortable chair within their home to limit distractions.
- Encourage employees to keep a regular working schedule, similar to their schedule at the office.
- Employees should continue to collaborate with one another by using video conferencing, chat functions, and other collaborate software in place to stay connected and motivated.
During this confusing time, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is the productivity of their staff. If you’d like to discuss any of these points further, please feel free to reach out to me – I’d be happy to elaborate on this topic or answer any other questions.