If your employees are suddenly working from home, it can sometimes be hard to keep things running as they would in an office. It’s especially hard at the moment because lots of people have simply been shifted from an office space to home without much preparation due to Covid-19.
The good news is that modern technology makes working from home pretty easy, even if you had to do it at the last minute. It means your business might be able to continue operating. Every business is different and will need options to ensure its workforce can work from home. Some might translate quite easily. If you’re doing basic work on a laptop, then all they have to do is take the laptop home. These tips can get you started, but remember, each business is different – these should be your start point.
Make Sure They have The Right Equipment
You can’t expect your employees to do the same job in the office as they did at home without the right equipment. Ensure they have what they need to do the right job.
If they need a high speed internet connection consider wifi hotspot rentals. You might want to fund them some extra monitors, so they can work more comfortably. You might help by purchasing laptops for those that don’t have them. The same goes for desks, and chairs.
This might all sound expensive, but you can’t expect your people to work to the same standard if you don’t provide it. Some might be fine working from the dining table, but others won’t. If they suffer from back problems and are using the wrong chair this could get even worse. You need to make sure you have the right software for team working and interaction. Microsoft Teams is a great tool for this, but there are other, less expensive methods too.
Keep People In The Loop
You need to ensure people are kept in the loop. A weekly meeting, using video conferencing software is a good place to start. There you can go over anything new which needs to be discussed, or talk about current work on hand.
Being able to talk to people will be good for morale as it’ll give people a chance to see and speak to their colleagues. The meeting is a good opportunity to collate group feedback to see how things are going. They might provide something valuable which you can go on to implement, so make these mandatory. You can then set up smaller, one to one sessions just to check up on people and see how they’re doing. Some don’t like speaking in a group conference and would rather talk to you separately.
Work Life Balance
Being at home, you’d think finding the perfect work life balance would be a little easier. It’s not. It’s even harder because right now, work and home life are literally on top of each other. As an employer, you need to understand that you can’t expect people to do a normal 9-5 from home, especially at the moment. But that’s fine.
So many people work from home to a better standard than in the office. It means they can get things done around the house while working. It means they don’t have to commute or spend the money that goes with commuting. They can get up later, and spend more time with their family.
There are huge perks. You just need to stress key ways people can keep the balance. They shouldn’t be working where they relax if it can be helped. Not everyone will have the luxury of a home office, but they should try not to work in the bedroom or in the living room. This means it’s harder to switch off or to switch on to work.
They also shouldn’t be tempted to work longer hours from home. Some might, in an attempt to validate home working. Try to discourage this if you can and just ask people to average their required hours over the week. You will find most people will appreciate the additional flexibility.