Due to the Covid-19 turmoil, SMEs have been forced to rejig their mode of operation. That is because many of them are compelled to transition into ‘work from home’ or ‘work remotely’ since their employees cannot commute to the workplace due to the unavailability of public transport or some other restrictions imposed on the mobility of people.
Hence, SMEs have started equipping and retooling themselves to enable their employees to work from home. Though business owners are worried about issues such as seamless communication, employee isolation, data security and reduced productivity, adopting an appropriate ‘work from home’ policy seems to be the only solution left with them.
In the initial stages, transitioning your teams to work from home may appear to be a challenging task as pivoting and managing a remote workforce requires an altogether different mindset. To ensure productivity, professionalism and result-oriented work culture, first of all, create a proper setup and right environment by providing your employees with all the needed tools and equipment.
Communication being the key to operational success, keep in constant touch with all your employees via online meetings and regular feedback concerning the work assigned to them. To conduct such meetings effectively and to ensure that your team members don’t waste any time, install suitable video conferencing platforms, screen sharing mobile applications, project management tools, cloud software, etc.
Ensure there are privacy filters that secure and safeguard the home working environment. Cloud telephony and video conferencing that support simultaneous face-to-face voice chats can make your employees feel they are sitting at their office workstations. Provide your employees with portable hard drives, USBs, etc as handy backups to cloud services.
As a business owner, you may have to invest a lot more in communication technology, backup connections and other such things. However, in the long run, you will have some significant cost benefits too as you can bring down your investments in real estate and lower the salaries of your employees in direct proportion to the reduced travel and commuting costs incurred by them.