The impact of COVID-19 on workplace culture will permeate beyond 2020. Employees who have successfully been able to keep up with their work during the quarantine will continue to push for a more flexible work schedule.
As a business owner, it is important to fully understand what it means to build a remote workforce. A truly successfully implemented remote workforce solution should work for your business no matter if your employees are all in the office, at their kitchen tables, or on the road all day.
A remote workforce solution provides secure, controlled, and centralized access to all business functions. It is a business solution that consolidates and optimizes all areas of your business to allow YOU (the business owner) to work however you feel best suits the business and gives you the flexibility to quickly change that when the need arises.
When it comes to managing a remote workforce, these are the IT questions all CEOs should be asking right now:
What business functions are shut down?
What systems are working remotely?
What risks to the company does a remote workforce create?
Here are the top three risks business owners should look at closely while building a remote workforce:
Security has to be at the top of every business owner’s mind these days regardless of industry. The thought of moving one’s digital assets to the cloud can be a scary thought. However, I would look at the stats. Microsoft’s security team alone is x amount of people and x amount of technology to ensure their cloud is secure. Most internal technology teams or technology vendors are not able to compete with those numbers.
Plus, now that you have cloud security, you no longer run the risk of an employee accidentally spreading a virus from their laptop to the corporate network.
2. Loss in Previous Technology Investments
Often when we first meet with a business owner they will explain how the company has already invested in certain technology solutions, and they have concerns that by migrating to a cloud-based solution to enable their workforce to seamlessly work remotely, they would be taking a loss.
When operating a business and an investment in technology is not producing the desired results (which we unfortunately see way too often) it’s because the effort was targeted at the symptom and not the cause.
Imagine re-painting the ceiling every-time it rains but never fixing the leak in the roof where the water is getting in. This is why understanding your business, your short and long term goals are imperative to any investment in your business, especially a technology investment.
The truth is, unless your business is completely operating on the cloud, any other solution out there is limited, disjointed, and is much more difficult and expensive to secure.
Once you migrate over the cloud, all of your disaster recovery and business continuity plans are consolidated and managed here in the US. Ready for you 24/7, whenever emergency strikes.
3. Employee Engagement Rate
While study after study has shown that highly coveted candidates chose companies that value workplace flexibility and balance over ones that do not, old school managers might not always be comfortable with the shift.
Managers who are used to walking up to their employees’ desks to assign tasks, or check in on progress find themselves struggling to trust their employees working remotely. And employees can often become less engaged if they feel like their bosses don’t trust in them.
When transitioning to a remote workforce it is important to build a company culture of trust and doing the right thing (even when no one is looking).
To build employee engagement across the organization it is critical that all employees truly understand the larger purpose of your remote workplace solution. This is not simply a solution that enables employees remote access to work, this is a solution that allows your business to run as intended, securely, and efficiently from anywhere.
To learn more about how Revolt helped a local organization, with complicated HIPPA compliant securities and systems, successfully transition to a cloud-based solution click here.