COVID-19 is making work from home a new norm. We share with you our strategies and tools to keep employees engaged and productive while working remotely.
Having a best practice work from home plan in place for unexpected global events can alleviate concerns in your workplace and ensure operational continuity. In some cases, it may be necessary for your team to work remotely, in which case a crisis management plan is critical to ensuring your operations run as smoothly as possible.
Below is an overview of measures your business should consider to ensure you are prepared for unexpected circumstances and remote work in general.
1. Email, document storage & collaboration: Ensure all your important files stay secure and accessible to your team Recommended tools:
2. Finance, CRM, Accounting, ERP and SRP: A cloud-based solution allows companywide users to confidently access business data from any location, at any time.
3. Video, Voice, Text Communication: Maintain a smooth flow of work between your team, clients and prospects. Tools to consider:
- Microsoft Teams
- Google Hangouts
- Slack, for quick informal communications
- Zoom.us for all your online meetings
- Webex. Free with little restrictions in response to COVID-19. Read more here.
- Ring Central. Cloud Based phone systems.
- LogMeIn has a full suite of tools dedicated to working from home teams. Read more here.
4. Be Secure: Keep your data safe during times of disruption
- Single Sign On
- Multi Factor Authentication
5. Provide Processes and support to your teams. Ensure you are educated on the latest guidelines for crisis management so you can provide timely updates: