We have been one of the fortunate enablers of remote working going on three years.
It does take time to adapt to the new way of work and designing a balanced way of living. The coronavirus pandemic has forced us into the “Future world of work” sooner than anticipated, and literally overnight, our businesses have had to shift their mindsets from “working from home” will never work in our business to this being the “only” working contingency option available if you want to keep your doors open.
We understand that not all working environments can effectively implement the remote working model, best suited to support and administrative functions.
As disastrous a threat COVID-19 poses to humanity, this forced change in the way we operate in our businesses is in my view an opportunity for businesses to catch up to global business practices and benefit from this progressive working model.
You will be pleasantly surprised at how efficient your workforce can be. Deliverables which took days to be actioned will now happen much sooner, there are less distractions, demands from people in and out of your office, gossiping, unplanned meetings which break momentum and often people leave their desks at the end of the day without having checked off anything from their “to do” lists. Presenteeism is something I have spoken about before and in my working career this has been a behaviour I have witnessed, which will no longer be a problem.
We appreciate that not all humans are self-motivated which will require you to implement performance management initiatives and possibly take disciplinary action when required, this is unfortunately unavoidable.
We discovered innovative apps which enable us to plan ahead and have opened up a whole new world for me in terms of how I can market my business, communicate with clients, bookkeeping, holding meetings via zoom or skype is our most often used platform to communicate “face to face” with clients.
Our hands-on approach “we do the work for you remotely” has proved possible and successful as a support business.
This way of working has been no different to being located in an organisations office and e-mailing from there, accessing the HRIS, from that office, scheduling meetings online and supporting line managers with HR Best practice advice on day to day operations telephonically and via e-mail correspondence. Now we execute these support functions virtually from our “remote office”.
The major change to your thinking is that you now need to plan, you don’t have the option of quickly popping downstairs to have an invoice signed off, or approval of a policy, you now need to go paperless with online approvals so this is eliminated.
Leveraging technology to work smarter and optimising this infrastructure is no longer optional. Cost savings are a no brainer. Less traffic means less environmental impact on our planet.
Resistance to change is a major obstacle, this takes time. Establishing your new working model is going to pose different challenges, see these as opportunities!
We are all in this together and understand you may be navigating this for the first time, we are here to support you and hold your hand during your transition to a new world of work.
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