Of all the effects that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the world in the last year, such as the disruption to travel, to retail, as well as the health implications, of course; one of the primary changes has been the rise in remote working. With offices being hotspots of virus transmission, even large, traditional companies used to doing everything in-house and in-person were left with no choice but to move everything online.
The results, at the height of lockdown in the western world, were seen in the huge surge in demand for video-conferencing tools such as Zoom, which saw its stock rise almost overnight. In April 2020, according to BBC News, the use of Zoom increased by more than 30 times over, with more than 300 million daily users at the busiest point. A lesson, if any were needed, that there are always opportunities (and well-prepared beneficiaries) in any crisis.
While some offices and businesses have seen a partial return to in-person working, it seems certain that remote working will continue at a far higher level than before the pandemic, regardless of the public health situation. Google, for example, announced in July that all employees will have the option of working remotely until 2021. Easy for them to say, you might think – but according to Forbes, a survey recently found that 89% of employees are afraid of the dangers of COVID-19 in the workplace, and so it seems that, without a vaccine, remote working is here to stay.
Things to consider:
1. Your communication software
It’s advisable to offer your employees multiple means of communicating as part of their daily work. Video calling is, of course, necessary sometimes, but video conferencing fatigue is a real problem and so it’s best to have the option of communicating over instant message (Slack, for example), and of course email. Safety is always a concern, but Zoom has recently made strides in that direction.
2. Provide structure
One of the dangers of remote working is that employees can feel isolated. By scheduling regular catchups and providing clear objectives for teams in advance you can help your employees feel like they have the guidance and support they need.
3. Prioritise data security
One of the biggest changes when moving to remote working is that data security can become less manageable. From a situation in which almost all hardware is contained within one building, within reach of IT technicians, a company might find itself with hardware (and therefore sensitive data) spread across cities and even countries.
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