The Future of Remote Work Is Happening Now
- Mar 13, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak may speed up the evolution of work and ultimately retool multiple industries as everything from conferences to collaboration to sales and commercial real estate are rethought.
A few mileposts to consider:
At conferences researchers deliver their talks and presentations via video conferencing due to travel bans. Many conferences including Facebook's F8 and Mobile World Congress have been cut. Perhaps video conferences are the future.
Consumer behavior in China has already been altered and may not revert. The rest of the world may see similar inflection points. Alibaba CEO Yong Zhang noted: “Public health experts are recommending that companies encourage employees to work from home to prevent the potentially deadly coronavirus from spreading around offices, public transit and elsewhere.” Many firms, like Apple, Microsoft and Google, are following that advice.
Remote workers do not operate within the traditional boundaries of the 9-to-5 workday. As a result, they must optimize their use of time so that they don’t spend too many hours on work and negatively impact their work-life balance. Automation can be a major help here.
By automating as much of your process-based tasks as possible, you can transform remote work and free up employees for more creative projects.
There is a simple rule-of-thumb to share in this context: “Automate anything that can be automated: if you do something more than twice — it should be automated.” This mindset allows to operate leanly and boost the productivity.
In a remote work environment, your everyday processes will need significant rewiring. For example, how do you onboard employees without having them visit the office? How do you monitor the time spent at work without their presence at a physical desk?
Leverage the right tools to overcome these barriers. Onboarding software and time trackers are basic tools that any company that operates remotely should have. Also, ensure that every process is designed keeping heightened engagement in mind.
As your teams start working remotely, online collaboration becomes crucial. Technologies like workplace messaging, the intranet, collaborative document management, etc. can replicate the convenience of face-to-face interactions in a remote environment.
IndustriaLAX will help you to create a custom single platform that all employees must work with. We will find the tools that work for your company and your employee.
The modern workforce — and the companies that employ them — have increasingly embraced the concept of telecommuting. The benefits are well documented, including stress reduction, increased productivity, a wider talent pool, and better employee retention rates. Even so, it's important to establish ground rules to keep the remote work program effective and manageable. IndustriaLAX will help guide you and your remote workers toward a successful telecommuting arrangement.
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