As organizations adjust to an increase in the number of employees telecommuting, there are a few pitfalls that business leaders may want to watch. To be successful in the long term, a structured approach and a superfast data pipeline are essential.
It’s now become critical that employers ensure that their staff has unlimited access to a reliable and fast broadband connection to maintain productivity and keep in close contact with the main office.
This secure network connection is what enables online meeting services and remote teams to be successful.
How to Establish a Productive Work from Home Strategy for Business
With higher capacity and more bandwidth, companies are able to establish the four main requirements to successful remote business operations:
1. Enable New Ways of Collaborating
It’s not enough to simply provide the necessary infrastructure and tools. Employers should optimize and scale their remote policies to enable new ways of collaborative yet remote working.
Maintaining close virtual contact, developing new work rules, and assigning virtual teams can all help improve productivity and employee morale. If your entire business must be operated virtually, employees, suppliers, and other members of the ecosystem need to work together cohesively.
Organize training moments and group discussion among disparately located employees, spread them over several days, listen to the feedback, and adapt where necessary.
2. Keep Staff Connected: Anytime, Anywhere, and on Any Device
With high-speed internet access, remote teams can share materials and collaborate on single documents or major projects for the benefit of the entire organization.
The availability of a reliable and fast internet connection helps prevent miscommunication and allows staff to use their home computers as well as their mobile devices to stay connected from wherever they might be working.
When it’s time for a big meeting, internet access is the last thing you’ll need to worry about.
3. Data Security and Regulatory Compliance Are Still Valid
Where companies used to manage everything centrally, they now have to organize everything remotely while still ensuring that their assets are secure from outside harm. This requires in-depth security changes and structural adjustments.
Security should not be taken lightly, as cybercrime has increased fourfold during the outbreak. New policies need to be established to maintain enterprise data security and accessibility, in addition to regulatory/legal compliance.
Even though your business is now remotely driven, it still has to comply with governmental mandates that were in place before 2020. New policies also require the commitment of every employee to securely navigate their workload.
4. Give Your Staff the Right Tools
It’s important that once best practices for your business are firmly established, your organization must rapidly deploy home support capabilities.
The fastest way to do this is to choose readily available software and systems that encourage your employees to meet their deadlines. Using tools already available can get you well ahead on the road to full adoption.
If they are not available, or they turn out not to be applicable or effective, then there are some user-friendly, short-term solutions that companies can install, which contain useful features.
Always look at what your company needs, not at what is most popular. Every business culture is different and may need different tools to keep productivity high.
Companies should be keeping track of employee sentiment during the rollout of structural remote working while also stimulating cooperation between colleagues and fostering togetherness.
As a proven leader and staunch supporter of the remote work environment, RCN has been successfully connecting businesses for years. Contact us to learn more about our Ethernet, voice, and managed services solutions.
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