Impacts of Covid-19:
Remote Working

27/07/2020

Even before the coronavirus pandemic took hold, over 75% of UK employees embraced the option to work from home. Today, with the global pandemic this is now the new norm and looks set to continue.

There is abundant evidence for business to the financial benefits of remote work, from improved productivity, reduced overhead costs to environmental sustainability. However, the fundamentals of engaging with employees remain the same. What is important is how organisations ensure a smooth transition to digital ways of working that least affect the employee experience and employee morale. Keeping an open channel of communication is critical to make them feel engaged and connected with the organisation and its purpose.

Technology can help support this transition with ubiquitous connectivity; through a host of cloud-based collaboration tools, instant messaging programs such as Slack and remote conferencing systems such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Such engaging sessions not only ensure a feeling of togetherness but also help maintain employee wellbeing.

Another enabling technology is the use of cloud-based networks which allows employees to complete tasks in or outside of the workplace. It facilities them to share important documents alongside other professional files, as well as sufficiently supporting collaboration – internal and external. In addition, the synchronisation function allows them to seamlessly switch between devices, supporting productivity for employees on-the-go.

Remote working can provide greater autonomy, flexible working hours and a better work-life balance to employees, however a business needs to spend some time understanding its employees needs to successfully implement the right technology to facilitate this change.

To find out more about remote working get in touch with Virtu at info@virtuconsulting.co.uk