By Ann Gregson
The term ‘remote work’ is likely nothing new to you. Recent years and an increasingly millennial workforce have seen as many as 63% of companies employing remote processes at least some of the time. We at Jibble have been part of that working shift since we began, and have managed to make remote work, work for us and our teams across an impressive fifteen countries. So, trust us when we say that this is a fantastic working model!
If you’re ill-equipped right now, you may first be wondering why you should even let staff work from home. After all, wouldn’t you be better off keeping operations on the straight and narrow?
In truth, Coronavirus in itself means that this is probably a poor choice to make and could even leave you on the wrong side of the law. Countries such as Denmark and the UK have now implemented fines and even jail sentences for those breaking isolation restrictions. What’s more, carelessly being found to put clients or your team at risk could leave you facing charges should they become severely unwell as a result.
As such, allowing your staff to work from home wherever possible is the only sensible route to take right now. What’s more, doing so could open you to a multitude of benefits at a time when countless companies face closing their doors for untold amounts of time, including –
As an employer, the health and safety of your employees should always be at the forefront of your mind. This level of care is vital from both a legal and personal perspective and could be the difference between a happy workforce and poor morale across the board.
Coronavirus may be unprecedented in our lifetimes, but one thing’s sure; it poses significant risks to workers across industries. If you want to protect your team the way you should, allowing them to work from home is undeniably your best option.
Admittedly, ill-prepared companies are fast finding that enforced remote processes pose some productivity risks. Catchpoint Systems, for example, have reported technological setbacks and even issues with staff arriving at their desks on time.
But, by approaching remote work with existing knowledge and the right processes in mind, you should find you can drastically reduce downtime during this crisis. After all, you won’t need to work on a skeleton crew if you make it possible for your team to practice self-isolation and complete tasks at the same time. Instead, you should find that you’re primarily able to keep on top with or even exceed the workloads you would have otherwise.
Following in the best footsteps
This is also a fantastic chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the best companies going. As mentioned, the remote revolution has been creeping up for a while, and countless companies are already feeling its benefits. We at Jibble are among them, but other companies already utilizing remote models include industry front-runners like Redox, Intuit, and Rosetta Stone. Google and Apple have also both largely advertised this as a viable working model in the past.
Sure, these businesses had plenty of time to prepare for their remote shifts, but the speed with which Coronavirus has made remote work necessary doesn’t mean you can’t still compete with those top names. In fact, looking into how such companies have made remote processes work for them could just see you soaring regardless of this sudden workplace shift.
The world feels like it’s gone mad at the moment, and we’re having to adjust to a lot of new information. Ultimately, though, the benefits of shifting to remote processes truly speak for themselves and may even become more pressing as this situation unfolds and grows.