Your telecommunications plan, workflows, and office culture may look a bit different these days with a remote workforce. Here are 5 steps to keep teams connected.Managing a remote workforce brings a new set of challenges to any company. When employees all have different setups, devices, and service providers, it becomes even more difficult to ensure that everyone is as productive as possible. But remote work is here to stay, so businesses have to start adapting. One estimate found that, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, 25 to 30% of the workforce will be working from home by the end of 2021. One reason that telecommuting may continue is that when equipment and workflows are adapted to remote work environments properly, employees can be even more productive, and companies can end up saving more money by making the shift permanent. If you’re managing a remote workforce, ensure that workers are staying connected with these strategies.
1. Get the right equipmentTo ensure connectivity, employees need updated equipment and the resources to be as productive at home as they were at the office. This could mean moving items in the budget to accommodate new tools and services. Remember that remote work means you can save thousands on office space, so use those savings to help employees build complete home offices. In addition to work computers, make sure workers have functioning, up-to-date equipment and work tools, such as:
- Headsets with working microphones
- A strong internet connection, which may require updated modems, routers, or subsidized Internet speed and data packages
- Work cell phones
- Computer monitors