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To help tackle the ongoing national health crisis, companies across the country, from budding start-ups to established charities and big businesses, have been asked to adopt what is for many an entirely new approach to operating… with their entire staff working from home (WFH). This has raised multiple challenges, from maintaining morale to ensuring safe and secure communication systems. It has also thrown into sharp relief our absolute dependence on information technology and the internet.
Maintaining “business as usual” in these circumstances will require some extra precautions and adjustment to previous practices. Both managers and employees now have a personal responsibility to keep company information secure and communicate effectively with their teams. It’s no longer a simple case of dropping documents on your colleague’s desk or waving across the office to call a quick meeting.
Here are some prudent practices that you and your team should consider when WFH:
This brings us to the importance of keeping connected with colleagues you were so used to seeing every day. While it remains unclear how long these restrictions will be in place, we should not neglect to monitor staff performance, progression and well-being.
Finally, take care of yourselves but keep an eye on your co-workers too. If you sense someone is struggling, reach out to them and offer your support, or raise your concern with their manager. The ultimate aim is to return to a business that has experienced as little disruption as possible, including to the people that keep it running.