How to adapt to new ways of remote working
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers and employees alike across the globe are now embracing a shift towards remote working. In the UK, we’re approaching almost four weeks of ‘lock-down’ and working from home. If you’re an employer struggling to get the most from your team in the current circumstances or an employee who’s finding it hard to get motivated working from home, we’ve put together steps you can take in order to maximize productivity and look at how to adapt to new ways of remote working.
Step 1 – Identify who can work from home
It may not be possible for all members of your team to work from home – this is entirely dependent upon their role and job function. You’ll need to assess if your employees have access to either a laptop or a computer and if they can access the internet. If they don’t or can’t, you’ll need to provide them with the tools they need in order to fulfill their role.
Step 2 – Review your resources
Do you currently have the right systems in place for your team to be able to work from home? If you’re an employee, do you have everything you need to be able to do your job properly? If the answer is no, identify where the gaps are, and which software or tools will fill these. At IT-MSP, we offer a range of solutions all designed to aid homeworking. Find out more here.
Step 3 – Set clear, realistic objectives
This is a difficult time for everyone. We’re in the middle of a global crisis. Moving from managing your team within an office to managing them remotely can be difficult – no matter how good a manager you are. Set clear and realistic objectives for yourself and your team during this time. Make your priorities clear so everyone is working to achieve the same common goal. It is also highly useful to set up weekly or even daily calls with your team to share what everyone is working on.
Step 4 – Trust in your team
Trust is the key thing that will make or break remote working. By showing you trust your team, you’ll benefit from a boost in productivity and morale, and see better results.
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What organizations can do to protect themselves?
Whether you’re working alone or seeking the services of IT support in London, you need to increase cyber security at your workplace and at home. You can do this in the following ways:
• Educate employees
With cyber security, it’s important for your employees to actively apply the action plans. However, if they do this, they need to be educated about cyber crime, the attacks they may experience and what they can do to stop this from happening.
• Structure and safe-guard your data
The most-important thing to do is for you to identify what data is important for your organisation. That way you can re-structure data and add additional levels of protection. Backups and recovery plans must be in place to also ensure safety in case of a cyber attack. Therefore, this exercise will help you identify if there is any data theft.
• Draft a response plan
Set up a cyber security team in your organization. Ask them to come up with a flexible plan and apply this to keep your data safe. You can also seek input from your IT support.
• Equip yourself with new-age skills
Finally, upgrade your cyber security skill sets by having someone personally trained. Remember that just as hacking technology becomes more tricky, so does anti-hacking security technology. We would advise you to consult an IT company for the latest technology.
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