Remote work started as a short-term, forced effort to keep organizations operational during lockdowns, but is it here to stay? Take a look at what CFOs are saying now…
As provinces started implementing lockdowns to contain the spread of coronavirus, businesses, schools, and daycares were forced to shut down. For many, this inspired a shift to remote work to continue operations. It’s no secret: we’re dealing with unprecedented times. For many organizations, the impact of coronavirus has resulted in a decrease in revenue. This is due to economic uncertainty amongst customers who are staying at home and slowing purchasing decisions.
As we look towards a new sense of normal, CFOs are making plans for the future. Within those plans there’s one change that’ll likely be permanent for the majority of organizations: remote work. Gartner surveyed 317 respondents to find out what CFOs are doing to manage cash flow. Here are some interesting findings from the survey:
Going forward, social distancing will continue to play an important role in minimizing the spread of coronavirus, and in turn, minimizing the impact of a potential second wave. Also, remote work minimizes expenses associated with:
Also, there’s no need for organizations to limit themselves to a specific geographical location to retain top talent. This means that organizations are free to hire based on skills that fit within their budget as opposed to making the options available within their region work. Rest assured, the decision to continue remote working will likely be well received. In a post-coronavirus world, employees are likely to feel:
Knowing this, the question isn’t if businesses should continue to do remote work it’s how can you make remote work even more effective and productive going forward?
For most organizations, the transition to remote work was unorganized and unplanned. Going forward, a more cohesive approach can be embraced – allowing you to make remote work even more effective and productive. Here are our recommendations:
Cloud-based solutions allow you to access the resources you need from any device or location at an affordable pay-per-use cost. This includes:
By ensuring accessibility for remote workers
When ensuring accessibility for remote workers, you eliminate the higher costs associated with purchasing, maintaining, and supporting on-premises equipment needs, especially in today’s day and age where technology advances at an incredible rate. Upgrading every 2-3 years later with new equipment is not only pricy but ultimately impossible for some companies.
A remote work policy should be documented and enforced to ensure the most efficient possible day-to-day operations amongst employees working from home. This should cover:
Your remote work policy should cover all of your expectations in terms of productivity, response times, and the acceptable use of company resources, including technologies and applications, from home.
Naturally, many organizations may look toward the idea of laying off some staff members to minimize spending and maintain cash flow. According to the survey mentioned above, CFOs are working hard to avoid this and are instead taking other actions:
Ready to create a cohesive remote work strategy going forward? Let’s work together to get you set up properly. Get in touch with us via the chat box to speak with one of our professionals.
May 21, 2020
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