While most have returned to full operations out of necessity, some are still offering many services remotely. In fact, it appears remote work is here to stay post-pandemic! Forbes estimates that a whopping 70% of the workforce will be fully remote by 2025
. The Society for Human Resource Management says that half of all workers who went remote wish to remain remote permanently
No one can know for sure what the future holds, but it's safe to say that employers and employees are enjoying the cost and time savings benefits of remote work. Also, many areas are experiencing a second wave and may need to continue remote work for some time.
Much of the workforce these days are mobile and or/home-based, so there is no need to feel guilty if you do not feel you can make a full return to the office now or in the future! There are MANY resources available so that you can work - and stay connected - comfortably, efficiently, and safely from your home office.
Communication and Collaboration Tools:
Word Processing, Presentations, Spreadsheets:
- G-Suite by Google (Free with paid options)
- If you haven't already, consider moving your Microsoft subscription to a cloud-based subscription. This will make Office, Excel, Powerpoint, and more available on more of your devices.
- Cybersecurity will be a top concern while working from home. Check out BBB's tips here.
- Implement cybersecurity protocols and policies for your remote employees and yourself.
- Install anti-virus software (remember, a free version is better than no version!)
- Watch part 1 of BBB's Virtual Cybersecurity Summit - Edafio Technology Partners review staying cyber secure while working from home.
Some types of businesses, and employees, require more oversight than others. Here is a list of ten employee monitoring tools
employers can use to gauge the productivity of their workforce.
Also, certain phone systems and your CRM may have tools to monitor the work being done.