Coronavirus: Is your business prepared to work from home?
“work from home where possible”
As COVID-19 continues to spread, with cases in the UK having reached 1,391 and climbing, is your business prepared to deal with employees having to work from home?
In the continuing effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic, a number of businesses have started urging workers to work from home. Some organisations including Google, Twitter, Nike, Facebook and JP Morgan have published and distributed business continuity and contingency plans for Covid-19 to UK-based workers that included mandatory home work.
What is remote working?
Remote working — working from where you are happiest and most productive, regardless of your physical proximity to your office HQ or a co-worker — this is an increasing reality for many.
Owing to developments in technology and shifting attitudes within the modern workforce, there has been a significant increase in the number of businesses and people working flexibly and remotely in recent years.
There is a new generation of professionals (Generation Flex) wanting to plug in at the right time and place that suits them – and they are changing the way we work.
“50% of employees globally are working outside of their main office headquarters for at least 2.5 days a week.”
International workplace group survey
How do I get this set-up? What tools and software do I need?
In response to a pandemic, businesses are encouraged to rethink their business continuity plans (BCP) and prepare for disaster recovery. These BCP’s should help mitigate business disruptions due to COVID-19 and other unforeseen circumstances. Not done this yet? Check this out > Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease.
Work smarter, not harder.
Generation Flex has grown up amid the rapid acceleration of technology. It’s predicted in a few years that 80% of the world’s population will own a smartphone. And with this unprecedented technological shift, the attitudes towards the workplace have shifted dramatically.
It is especially the case when it comes to commuting to work, sometimes considered lengthy, costly and often stressful. According to the IWG report, two-fifths of people around the world see commuting as the worst part of the day (40%), while more than 50% believe it could be obsolete by 2030.
Getting the balance right
After all, this is a generation for which the work-life balance is crucial. It needs to be able to manage work around life, not the other way around. The IWG survey reports that flexible work increases this balance by 78%.
Indeed, one-third of survey respondents (32%) claim flexible work is so important to them that they would turn a job down if they did not offer it.
Alternatively, they’re looking to work for a company that provides a collaborative culture and a more inclusive work environment that can particularly support returning parents, older employees and those suffering from stress or mental health issues.
Let us help you with your COVID-19 business continuity plan and remote working technology requirements.