7 Things You Wish You Had Known About Remote Working
As the world’s biggest remote working experiment is taking over. The Social Distancing policy has separated orginisations into the ones that made the transfer seamlessly to working remotely and the underprepared companies. What do we know to better prepare our Business Continuity Plan (BCP) strategy? Here are 7 things CBRE would like you to consider:
- Multiple Offices. Having multiple offices within a city allows teams to be split between offices for social distancing while maintaining continuity.
- Less Paper, More Cloud. This environmental-friendly solution to create paperless office means instant remote working. Encourage your employees to migrate their work files to a secure cloud system when they can access the files easily and remain productive.
- Think of the Worst-Case Scenarios. From an operational standpoint, you should ensure your infrastructure has necessary uninterruptible power supply (UPS) devices and other technology fallbacks for BCP.
- Avoid Security Risk. Offer clear guidance on the protocols for employees to follow such as employees working on public wi-fi networks, downloading confidential files to their personal laptops or emailing business documents to personal email addresses.
- From Presence to Performance. Many managers today are nervous when they can’t “see their people” in order to manage them, but most employees nowadays can be managed by their performance.
- The future will proof if you’re leaders. All too often, senior leaders are the last to adopt new technologies in the workplace. A leadership team that are prepared, forward-thinking and adaptive will instill confidence in its employees.
- Many of our current work practices are redundant. Organisations will learn from this experience and implement better technology, platforms and processes to enable a rapid response to future unexpected challenges.
What CBRE has learnt:
- Less unproductive meetings – we didn’t miss them when we didn’t have them, so maybe we should make more permanent changes.
- Finding new ways to empower our people to be productive without standing over them.
- Creating a more diverse approach to balancing remote work and different kinds of flexible offices to create a better work experience for our people and a more efficient use of office space.
When unfortunate situations like COVID-19 arise, this is the opportunity we can unlock the potential for people to be happier and healthier at work and at home, and experience what it’s like working in the future.