For more than a decade we’ve seen a slow move towards people working outside of the office. The first move that all managers seemed to be okay with was the 24/7 accessibility to staff that cell phones and laptops provided. Most managers had no problem taking advantage of emailing at all hours or texting staff on the weekends. But when it came to flexible hours or work from home policies, many balked. They claimed, and some still claim, that giving employees that kind of freedom would make it too hard to make sure employees didn’t abuse the system.
Lose the shame game. If the current state of business has taught us anything, it’s that work will never look the same. People have had to expose their personal sides far more than most office settings would ever deem appropriate.
Set people free. Many tech companies are working to enable organizations to operate more effectively in a global capacity. During this time of social distancing we should broaden our perspectives forever. If the connection is good enough and the work can be completed in this way, why do we get hung up on whether it was at a desk? If companies can ask employees to work on the road, why can’t employees ask companies to let them work where their life takes them?
Set people up for success. Right now, many people have found that they aren’t set up to effectively work from home. Their bandwidth may pale in comparison to the office building they worked in. Make sure you ensure your employees are set up with the equipment and connection needed to do the job?
Consider cyber-security. Another reason companies should invest in providing their employees with the appropriate tools and WiFi is to ensure companies aren’t increasing their risk and vulnerability to hackers and viruses.
Plan for the future. There will come a day when we are not bound to our homes and will be able to travel across the country and abroad once again.
The age of the digital nomad has arrived. It’s going to be critical for the traditional office environment to be open to its possibilities and prepare for its advanced technological and personnel needs.
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