Leaving Brick-and-Mortar Behind

If your organization is looking to leave brick-and-mortar business behind post-pandemic, you’ll need to acquire the necessary digital capabilities to operate your business.  

 Having the right technologies and being able to integrate new strategies are required to unlock innovative revenue generation possibilities, new ways to engage with customers, improved virtual working environments, and upgrading your supply chain. This includes investments in cloud, AI, cybersecurity, advanced connectivity, and remote work capabilities. All of these can potentially reduce operational costs while supporting greater value for customers. 

 In today’s blog we’ll address what it takes to enable your remote workers so they can be more productive at home and provide 10 best practices for you to share with your employees. 

 Working from home is not for everyone, but those who thrive and are more productive have established a workspace and schedule to optimize their work-life balance. As you develop work from home business policies, it’s also helpful to your employees to provide training and best practices to allow them to succeed in their new work environment.  

10 Best Practices for Remote Workers 

Work from home best practices and tips for success include: 

1. Select a space at home that will be free from distractions and preferably has a door, so you can let others know (either closed door policy or put a do-not-disturb note on the door) that you are working or in a meeting, so that you won’t be interrupted.  

2. Setup your office with the tools needed for you to do your job (i.e., computer, IP phone or softphone, video conferencing tools, file sharing tools, chat and collaboration tools, printer, comfortable office chair, standup desk, etc.).

3. Establish working hours and stick to them just as if you were in the office so the line is drawn between work and personal life. 

4. Get up and dressed to start your day just as if you were going to the office. 

5. Take planned breaks just as if you were in the office. 

6. Schedule your lunch break so you can run errands or order lunch delivered in advance. 

7. Include some form of exercise in your daily schedule, even if it’s a short walk to get the mail or a simple stretching session. 

8. Limit distractions and avoid doing household chores during your workday, unless it’s during a planned break. 

9. Use the features included with your Unified Communication tools to show if you are AvailableAway and DND (do not disturb), so other team members can tell if you are available or not. 

10. Optimize your video settings for Video Calls by leveraging the app settings, or adjusting the lighting and background in your work area to make sure you are well-lit. 

 Enabling Virtual Teams for Success 

Having healthy, happy employees is one important aspect to the health of your business. Having the right strategy and management direction, as well as making sure your employees have the best tools and technology, is also critical to your business’ success. If your organization is using an older phone system and multiple individual applications for the various ways you communicate (text, chat, video, voice), and will continue operating a hybrid or virtual workforce, it’s the perfect time to consider enabling your employees with new technology. Taking advantage of Unified Communication tools can increase productivity, reduce costs, and lessen the stress on your IT team, as well as your in-office and virtual employees.   

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