Aside from ensuring you have the technology to allow for remote working, you need to be sure your employees are ready for the long-term change. There were a lot of allowances over the pandemic for less-than-professional backgrounds during video calls, as well as loud noises from pets or children. Over the course of lockdowns and restrictions, we’ve all gotten a lot better at working from our homes. Now is the time to perfect it.
Remote Working: Pros and Cons
Remote working is always presented as an ideal solution, but we at enablesIT feel it may also be an incomplete solution. There are a variety of benefits and disadvantages to both office and home working when used as the whole answer, such as the below.
For these reasons, enablesIT supports (and has implemented) a flexible working plan! Our employees spend two days working remotely, and three in the office. This enables us to reap the benefits of both a remote working and office working model, while avoiding the disadvantages. We can:
- Save on commuting time and cost
- Benefit from flexible hours
- Improve focus, either by avoiding office or home distractions
- Socialise with colleagues
- Benefit from quick communication with colleagues
- Hold onsite meetings, where possible
Of course, nothing is perfect. There are still associated commuting time and costs for the office days, and communication can be tricker if you or the person you are trying to contact are working from home, but the flexibility offered allows businesses to assess and replan to fit their business model and improve their own productivity.
Preparing for long-term remote working
Before committing to any kind of long-term remote working (whether this is mixed with office working or not), you must consider how your employees will manage.
This article is very helpful in outlining how best to thrive as a remote worker, in terms of etiquette and preparedness. However, you must also consider your resources and whether you are using them fully.
For example, did you know Teams has a Whiteboard function? When in a Teams meeting, you and other participants are able to use the whiteboard to sketch, combine notes, and suggest ideas together. You can also bookmark messages in chat, mark messages as important or urgent, collaborate on Office documents, do a Wikipedia search, and so much more.
Teams isn’t the only application with a variety of features, some commonly known and some more niche. There are a variety of training videos and sessions available for not only Office Suite, but many other programs that you use day-to-day.