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With COVID-19 presenting more questions than answers for businesses even after several months of disruption, many businesses are finding it preferable to prepare for a long period in which working from home becomes the norm. That means that internal processes are evolving, and managers and staff alike are having to adapt to what is being dubbed the ‘new normal’ for businesses everywhere.
This article shares four of the key tips that’ll help you embrace home working as a basis for stability in the unpredictable months that lie ahead.
While most of your staff will be trying to complete their work on time as if they were in the office, it’s fair to say that many people who are currently working from home may feel a little rudderless, distant, or carefree when they’re supposed to be working. This is not necessarily their fault: it’s a sign of poor management.
In order to make home working a success for your business, you need to ensure that all of your staff members are checking in every morning and evening with your business – to show they’re working, to share ideas or issues, and to keep morale up during this difficult time.
With some free time opening up for many of your staff members, this is an opportunity to do something a little different with your usual workload. If you’ve been meaning to conduct a company-wide audit, but you haven’t found the time, this may be the perfect opportunity for you to make use of remote working and the space it gives staff to take on new responsibilities.
Meanwhile, this is a great time for training and skills acquisition, so encourage your workforce to take on learning challenges – or even full online courses – so that they make the most of the remote working setup in lockdown.
Centralize Your Systems
When you’re working in an office, you feel comfortably close to the action. You know that you can tap a colleague’s shoulder in order to get a quick update, or walk across the office to get an idea of who is working and who has little to do. When you’re remote working, this is far more difficult.
Fortunately, software companies such as codesoftware.net have created wonderful platforms that help you monitor all of the communications and work taking place across your workforce as it works from home. It’s a key software introduction for managers struggling to keep tabs on all of their staff.
Working from home presents many challenges to individuals with different needs and issues. Some of your staff will be cramped in a home they share with friends, unused to working from home. Others will be home with their children, who will be full of energy throughout the day. Being sensitive to these challenges, flexible to the needs of your staff, and caring in how you apply empathy and boost morale will help your workers continue to keep up the good work under lockdown and beyond.
Use these four tips to help your workforce make the most of the new working normal.