Over the past few months, the world has undergone remarkable change at an incredible pace. The Covid-19 crisis has changed so much about the way we all live - and our working lives have been changed as well, possibly forever.
As social distancing became necessary, organizations had to scramble to put remote working protocols in place. Teachers had to figure out how to teach virtually full-time and businesses had to figure out how to collaborate. Now, with an uncertain future ahead, organizations are unsure whether the old way we worked will ever return. Instead, we may be entering a new phase of work that is much more virtual and reliant on technology.
With that in mind, here are three things to consider for your organization:
1. Invest in Collaboration Tools
Collaboration tools serve a number of purposes for remote workers. A best-in-class tool helps workers stay connected in real-time, helping them work simultaneously on important projects and bounce ideas back and forth the way they would in an office setting. These tools also help keep employees connected on a human level as well, which is just as important. Isolation can be a damaging side effect of working remotely full time and collaboration tools can help colleagues feel closer to each other even if they are working from their own homes.
2. Take the Time to Train All Employees on Technology
Having top-of-the-line technology tools in place is great, but if all of your employees aren't comfortable using it, you risk suffering from lost productivity and not getting the most out of your IT investment. Some employees will naturally take to using technology to work remotely, while others will inevitably have a more difficult time with the transition. Take the time to train the employees who aren't as naturally tech-savvy to ensure they can be as productive remotely as they were previously in the office.
3. Make Sure You Have an IT Partner You Can Rely On
Technology was always a critical part of an organization's success, but with remote working becoming the norm, it is now an even more critical piece of business infrastructure. Any downtime, outdated tools or lagging performance can cripple productivity in a world where employees are not face-to-face. For that reason, it is more important than ever to have an IT services provider you can rely on to help you manage your technology stack and troubleshoot any potential problems.