If you run a business, you are probably worried about the current situation at least a little. After all, it is one of the most uncertain times for businesses in recent memory, especially with the interest rates doing what they are and the prospect of a recession on the horizon this year or the next as a result.
But those businesses which succeed at the ones that manage to adapt and change with the changing times, and that is what you should be doing right now with your own business. One of the main things to do is to think about whether you can shift your business to being a remote operation, or mostly remote, thereby keeping your workers safe while still keeping the business in operation. Let’s take a look at how you might do that.
Equip Your Employees With Tech
First of all, you need to make sure that your employees are going to actually be able to work from home, and that means giving them help when it comes to whatever tech they might be in need of. If they don’t have a computer that can suitably allow them to work as they normally would, then you should ship one out to them so that they can continue working remotely. Similarly, you might need to think about setting them up with phone systems which they can use at home which allow them to do their work, if that is a part of their work. By equipping them with what they need, you can still get what you need out of them.
Keep an Eye on Security
With all of those people working from home, you need to find a way to keep your business’ sensitive data as secure as possible. That can be achieved easier than you might think, but it does take some moving around. For one thing, if you equip your people with company machines, then you can keep an eye on what is going on, and you can ensure that you have set up those computers to have the right encryption and so on. You might also want to ensure that they are using VoIP for a phone, as that is known to be much safer too. All of this is likely to help you feel more secure about your business while people work from home, and you can make it easier by ensuring you hire professional managed services to carry out the difficult work for you.
Allow Limited Office Use
As things start to ease, some people might be able to return to the office if they need to. However, you should keep this strictly to those who really need to, in which case you can allow some limited office use as and when. But you need to have measures in place to ensure that social distancing is being respected, so that might mean that you only have a set number of people in the office at any one time. It also means you need to think about staggering desks out and the like, so that there can be no contact that way either. By doing this, you can be sure that you allow some people in, but in a way which means that you are not going to cause anyone harm unnecessarily.
Keep in Contact
You want to keep up the feeling of being at work as best as you can for your employees so that they continue to work hard, and so they have a better time of the whole experience mentally as well. You can do this by keeping in contact with them in whatever way you find best. That could simply mean sending regular emails to ensure that they are okay and that they need any help, or you could call them once a day or so to see how they are getting on and if they need anything. This can be a powerful way to show you care, but also keep tabs on them in the way you normally would.
Plan for the Future
Now it is time to learn some of the lessons from this strange period, and think about what of these changes we might be able to take forwards. It might be that your business comes out the other side transformed, and some of those changes might be things that you want to keep on board, as they actually seem to be working better. You might want to think about making more of a deal out of remote working, for instance, in the years to come.