What’s the best way to work efficiently from home? What are the technology tools needed to maintain continuity and productivity? These have abruptly become pressing questions as employers around the world tell staffers to work remotely.
It can be difficult, particularly in small spaces or when other house members are also working from home. Technology has made remote work viable, but the focus on which tools to implement can be broken down into two phases:
Short-term solutions to maintain continuity.
Point solutions are being propped up quickly to ensure that business can at least continue in some form or fashion. Employees still need to have meetings, collaborate on projects and access critical information.
As a result, in the interest of scaling a remote workplace rapidly, organizations turn to quick-fix solutions to solve the immediate need.
These Band-Aid measures are important but may jeopardize information governance protocols, compliance and security, if not monitored for adherence to company protocols.
Long-term strategy for a flexible workplace.
The next phase is to implement a flexible workplace strategy that ensures a level of business continuity commensurate with any world event or sudden need to deploy masses of knowledge workers remotely.
Developing a well-formed, overarching strategy — one that promotes
a cohesive working environment while adhering to governance, compliance and security protocols — creates a truly flexible workplace that outlives any one-off event.
The idea is to have a sustainable infrastructure where, in the best scenario, knowledge workers have all the technology tools they need to simply grab their laptop from the office and work from anywhere they happen to be.
Ultimately, with technology, companies should empower their remote staff to have the same — or similar — work experience remotely that they would have at a brick-and-mortar office space.
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