Working from home: positive lessons from the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic lockdown

Up and down the country, millions of people (lucky enough to be able to work remotely) are creating makeshift home offices – placing tables in corners and choosing the right chair. 

Businesses are encouraged to let their employees work at home, when possible. UK Government, Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19), 18th March 2020. As you’ll be aware, the latest coronavirus advice from the government is to stop non-essential contact with others. That includes avoiding the office if you’re able to work from home.

Remote working is here to stay - for a while at least

The Department of Health has advised that the UK is likely to hit its peak number of coronavirus cases in about three months, between late May and late June. That doesn’t mean we’ll be out of the woods by autumn. As such, treating home working as a temporary measure will be to our detriment.

It is vital that you put the right systems and procedures in place for remote working as soon as possible. This comes at a time when your clients are going to need your support more than ever. So it’s crucial that your business continues to operate as usual - or even better. 

How to prepare for home working: identify how each person will maintain ‘business as usual’ from home

Dig deeper than simply making sure each person has a workspace and access to their emails. Aim to deliver the same level of service to clients, and not compromise your offering. 

How will your team:

  • Store, access and share documents and data - securely?
  • Stay in close contact with clients?
  • Keep an eye on work in progress and completed?
  • Collaborate and communicate internally?
  • Cope with the inevitable increase in client questions and concerns?
  • Avoid feeling cut off from key people and resources?
  • Maintain a 'business as usual' approach as ar as it is possible? 

Companies that allow for remote work already will have the necessary knowledge and infrastructure in place to transition more of their operations to teleworking.

Plan for the worst-case scenario  

Make contingency plans for 100% remote working and covering absences. Have a test run and collect feedback. Plan a day where everyone at your company works from home. Getting your ‘practice day in early means you can resolve any issues in good time.

The features and benefits of working from home with Carillion Communications audio visual collaboration systems.

  • Access for all, with instant face to face meetings across secure, reliable connections
  • A selection of platforms and equipment for clear images and audio
  • Easy, fast, secure log-ins for multiple participants
  • Simple scheduling and invitations
  • Secure content sharing from remote locations
  • Assistance with a standardised technology approach for working from home
  • Access to workflow tools
  • Annotations and document notes make collaboration easier
  • Compliance: no need to copy files or take files home
  • Environmentally friendly (Green): no need to copy files to take them home
  • Security and risk management: files are not duplicated or removed from secure locations
  • Cost effective company-wide AV solutions
  • Potential to reduce office overheads
  • Significantly lower travel costs
  • Improved work-life balance for staff
  • Win back wasteful commuting time
  • Potential for innovative flexi-hours working

Explore Cloud-based solutions to keep everyone connected and conducting ‘business as usual.’ Please get in touch for advice on how to implement secure, robust AV systems to sustain your company today and carry benefits into the future.