How to Adapt Your Business to the Changes Brought by COVID-19
Americans are waiting patiently to return to some degree of normalcy, and right now, we’re seeing lockdowns lifted around the world. But this doesn’t mean things will go back to the way they were – not right away, at least. For the unforeseeable future, social distancing will play an important role in our lives. Many business owners struggle with this very idea. You might even be one of them.
We get it. Social distancing, for businesses, has been a costly endeavor because it’s resulted in:
- Closures of physical office locations
- Disruptions to supply chains
- Changes in consumer purchasing behavior
- Greater economic uncertainty
It’s a difficult time, there’s no doubt about it. But change is on the horizon, so what does that change look like?
What to Expect
The best way to combat uncertainty and fear is understanding the current state and having expectations for the future. From what we’ve seen, a hybrid approach will likely be the new norm – with some employees working at home while others work in the office. This will allow for social distancing while reducing the amount of office space needed – meaning there will be cost savings:
- No need for a hefty mortgage on a large space
- No need to spend tons of money on office supplies
- No need to maintain multiple workstations
Ensuring Productivity With the Change
Every organization has experienced changes to productivity levels while their employees work from home. For some, productivity has skyrocketed. For others, it’s dropped off significantly – making them feel nervous about the idea of continuing remote work for the unforeseeable future. We’re here to ease your mind because remote work can be more productive than working in the office when it’s done right.
How do you make sure it’s done right? You simply need to invest in the right tools and policies. Here’s what’s worked incredibly well for us and many of our clients:
- A productivity suite, such as Microsoft 365, that allows for any time, anywhere access to email, video conferencing, calendar, contacts, and various applications.
- A VoIP business phone system that enables you to make and receive calls over the internet with access to your work line and all applicable extensions.
- A ticketing system through your technology partner that priorities your technology issues promptly resolves problems, and helps you stay productive.
- A cloud-based server that gives you the ability to access what you need from any location and restore information from anywhere via any device.
- A remote work policy that outlines your expectations in terms of technology used, hours worked, and communication expectations.
We’re Here to Help You
You don’t have to handle this overwhelming transition alone. We’ve helped many organizations embrace remote work to achieve high levels of productivity, less stress, and some serious cost savings.
We can do the same for you.
Let’s work together to help you come out of the coronavirus pandemic stronger, more agile, and more competitive than ever.
Businesses of all sizes need quality information technology to run their business. Never has the been a time when technology was more critical to the operation and employee productivity, and never has there been a time when there were more alternatives and opportunities for businesses to leverage technology as a competitive advantage. The opposite is also true. Companies who don’t embrace technology are putting themselves at risk.