The coronavirus has been labelled a “pandemic” by the World Health Organisation and governments across the world, so it’s no wonder it is the main topic of conversation. While it is a high-priority for organisations to ensure the well-being of their people, they also need to have a way to maintain business-as-usual at the same time as keeping their employees safe.
Allowing and encouraging employees to work from home during this time may keep potential germs from spreading throughout organisations. Your employees will be able to remain productive without the worry or stress about missing work or deadlines, as well as not having the hassle of using public transport.
There have been many advances in technology which makes working remotely easy, but the hard part can be shifting the mindset to being okay with working outside the office. Moving to a workforce that’s out of sight requires employers to have confidence and trust in their employees. It’s vital that managers believe their employees will remain focused on their job and not enjoying an extended weekend.
Allowing employees to temporarily work remotely will improve productivity and reduce stress. Remote work will give your organisation the edge to stay strong during these kinds of viral outbreaks, but also during inclement weather, and other tumultuous times that we have already encountered this year.
By implementing a Working Remotely policy today, you’ll help decrease the risk of spreading harmful germs throughout your team and provide the best support for your employees.
HBA Consulting specialises in the professional advice and assistance on Human Resource Management , Organisational Design and Industrial Relations matters. Contact us today if you need assistance with drafting and implementing a Working Remotely policy.