“HR survey reveals 41% of employees likely to work remotely at least some of the time post coronavirus pandemic.” -Gartner (April 2020)
If you’re not working from home or managing remote teams during the coronavirus, chances are you know someone who is. As companies continue to conduct business online, it’s becoming clear that many employees might be working from home for longer than anticipated.
This means that driven and trustworthy individuals who want to stay at the top of their game are now seeking ways to be successful and stay positive regardless of where they’re working. Read on to learn how to stay productive while working from home during COVID-19.
“Ultimately, the COVID-19 pandemic has many employees planning to work in a way that they hadn’t previously considered.” -Brian Kropp, Chief of Research, Gartner HR Practice
Three Ways to Make the Most of Working from Home:
• Put Tech to Work: Remote workers rely on technology for nearly every part of their jobs, but if you’re used to being in the office, you might not know about all of the tools that are available to you. It’s time to think beyond cybersecurity and research apps and software that make working from home a breeze. From managing time to managing projects, remote workers are creating their own systems for getting things done with the help of technology. The best part? Most low-bridge technology is free and easy to use, so you can access it right away.
• Study Your Craft: By now, you’ve probably heard people throwing around the term “upskill” a lot, and there’s a reason why the word is so hot right now. Economic uncertainty is calling upon even the most successful industry leaders to adapt to new situations and find alternative paths toward stability and success. Take advantage of your time at home to take online courses, get cutting-edge certifications, and read up on the latest trends in your field. Investing a little time in professional development now will help you be a better remote worker, and it will certainly make you more competitive down the road.
• Practice Networking: Sure, you’re a pro when it comes to breaking the ice in person, but what happens when you’re separated from colleagues and clients by both miles and screens? Regardless of whether your job is secure or not, it’s wise to spend time reconnecting with former classmates, work friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to start building out your virtual network—both for your own sake and for the sake of everyone you know. If you don’t need a hand, maybe you can lend one.
Every crisis prompts a new period of innovation as businesses and individuals come up with creative ways to solve their problems. With worries about COVID-19 still hovering over business owners and their staff, we can expect that telework may become the new normal for a huge percentage of the workforce. But there is no reason to be concerned about this new reality—after all, if you have the right technology and IT support, you should be able to replicate face-to-face interaction and continue collaborating without disruption.
If you’re looking for custom IT solutions for the remote workforce, CMIT is here to help. Connect with us today for immediate guidance on how to make the most out of working remotely. We’ll set you up with a secure IT infrastructure that will facilitate productivity and success.