Although all 50 states have at least started the process of reopening their economies following the widespread shutdowns spurred by the pandemic, many Americans are still doing their jobs from home. From mid-March to mid-April, the portion of employed adults who reported working from home due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) shot up from 31 percent to 62 percent, according to Gallup.
Even though restrictions have begun lifting and returning to the office is a possibility for some workers, “it appears only a quarter are emotionally ready,” Gallup reports. Many people want to continue logging in remotely, and some prominent companies are open to extending work-from-home arrangements, even after the pandemic dies down, according to the USA Today article “Working from home post-COVID-19? Facebook, Apple, Twitter and Microsoft embracing remote work.”
If you’re a business leader coping with the new standard of remote work and wondering how to ensure your team can fulfill their professional duties effectively from home, we’ve recently published a number of blog entries offering guidance on everything from managing a distributed team to maintaining compliance and high levels of security.
If you’re seeking information on how to adapt to this shift in cultural norms, the following blog entries offer insights into various remote-work-related topics:
1. Preparing for a COVID-19 Outbreak: Can Your Team Work From Home Securely?
This blog entry covers factors you should consider when assessing your team’s remote work capabilities – including cloud line of business apps, laptops and mobile devices, and more. Read the full article for more details.
2. Responding to COVID-19: Keep Remote Workers Connected With Leading UCaaS Solutions
Making sure your staff members can still communicate and collaborate effectively with coworkers and clients while they’re working from home is vital for any business. Read the full article to learn how Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platforms – a.k.a., cloud phone systems – can help you accomplish that.
3. How to Work From Home Effectively: Tips for Adapting to the New Normal
If you’re not used to your home and your workplace being the same space, shifting gears and staying productive can be a challenge. Read the full article to learn how to maintain your sanity and get things done while logging in from your couch or kitchen table.
4. How to Get Work-From-Home Ready Overnight Without Sacrificing Security
The pandemic hasn’t stopped cybercriminals: If anything, hackers are more active than ever, crafting coronavirus-related scams. Read the full article to find out how to maintain high levels of data security while your team works remote.
5. How to Effectively Manage a Team of Remote Workers
Leading a distributed team requires a different approach, compared to managing staff members who are all located in the same office space. Read the full article for expert recommendations on effectively leading your team while everyone logs in from home.
6. How to Ensure Remote Workers Stay HIPAA Compliant
For organizations that must comply with HIPAA, it’s crucial to proactively work to address points of vulnerability created by remote work arrangements. Read the full article for guidance on making sure remote workers keep protected health information (PHI) secure.
7. How Microsoft Office 365 Makes Life Easier for Remote Workers
Even before the pandemic, the Office 365 suite was popular because of the many advantages it offers to businesses of all sizes. Read the full article to learn about some key ways in which this solution empowers remote workers.
8. Keep Delivering a Great CX and Adapt to the New Reality of Remote Work With Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) Solutions
Delivering exceptional customer service remains crucial, and it’s possible to give your agents all the tools they need to do that from home with a Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) platform. Read the full article to find out why many businesses have turned to CCaaS solutions for their remote workforces.
9. 5 Microsoft Teams Features Everyone Working Remote Should Know About
Teams offers full UCaaS capabilities and is an ideal app for workers looking to stay connected and productive while working from home. Read the full article to find out why.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these topics or remote work solutions in general, our team of trusted advisors would be happy to assist you. We’ve already helped numerous companies get their teams set up to work remote securely and effectively with solutions like UCaaS, CCaaS and more. For more information about what we can do for your business, contact us at 877-599-3999 or email@example.com.