15 Minutes With Michael – The Remote Workforce Debate
- What side of the remote workforce debate are you defending?
- Use these remote workforce retention and recruitment solutions.
- Supplying remote workers with company-authorized equipment.
- It’s time to update company policies and procedures for remote workers.
- Virtual meetings will soon feel like you’re sitting at the gathering.
Any CEO you speak to these days is still trying to make heads or tails about where they stand and what to do about having a remote workforce. Questions about splitting work time at home and the office remain a hot topic with employers and their staff.
Some decision-makers have mandated their staff must come to the office full-time. But on the flip side, highly qualified employees have refused and turned in their resignations. In today’s video, Michael Goldstein, CEO of Lan Infotech, gives companies innovative ways to adapt.
Remote Workforce Retention and Recruitment Solution
Companies continue facing severe pushback from employees trying to force them to return to work full-time. However, it’s no secret. The modern workforce has primarily operated in a remote environment for several years, and decision-makers have lost ground, refusing to adapt to the new workforce.
In many instances, the demand to return or else has met with the employee pushback and quitting, sometimes right on the spot. They leave the company without regard and get hired by a firm that embraces the remote workforce culture and environment. So, instead of losing qualified, hard-to-replace talent, the new workforce presents you with flexible options.
The great equalizer that tore down traditional employment walls was the pandemic. It has forced its form of digital transformation on society, remote workers, and CEOs worldwide. The key to recruiting and keeping the best talent now requires that you accept the new standard. Refusing pushes qualified talent away to look elsewhere.
Remote Workforce Hardware and Cloud Solutions
At the pandemic’s beginning, employees worked from home, primarily using their laptops or home computers. Now that we are further along, we witnessed what cyber vulnerabilities and dangers did to many unprotected personal devices.
Since then, companies have realized in a remote environment; their staff must only use secure hardware or face a potential cyberattack on their network. Innovative businesses, on the other, have chosen to supply their remote workers with company-authorized equipment and the ability to use the cloud.
What may seem like an expense is another way to invest in recruiting and retaining the best candidates for your organization. That also allows you to revisit your policies and procedures to ensure your remote staff has the right technology and a reliable and fast internet connection.
Modifying Policies and Procedures For Remote Workers
With your remote workers, the old policies and procedures will need modifying. Though they are not working on-site, they still access your company’s data. That information could be financial and confidential data, sales contacts, or anything that allows them to do their work remotely.
You must insist that your authorized company equipment remains locked down when offsite, as stated in your updated P&P documentation. That may also require that the hardware remains closely monitored to protect it and the files and information on its hard drive.
The other documentation section that needs updating must address remote worker personal device use. It must clearly state if they can use their personal cell phone or tablet to access company files, use their company email, or access the organization’s cloud storage.
Creating Companywide Remote Workforce Gatherings
A considerable benefit to any company or CEO is meeting with its staff. When each member of your in-house and remote workforce gathers together virtually, it forms a unique bond. In a remote setting, we’ve discovered that regularly having zoom type meetings can break the ice.
Participation and engagement start to take hold and grow. That extra step accommodates both the business and all of its staff. It also allows your entire staff to prepare for upcoming companywide virtual events from the information sent via email days in advance.
Eventually, virtual meetings will take on a whole new persona. Devices like the goggle handsets will transform the face of gathering for company meetings. When you use the equipment, you’ll feel like you are sitting elbow to elbow at the company meeting with your coworkers.
Embracing Your New Remote Workforce Culture
Before the pandemic, your organization operated differently for many years. Your staff arrived on time, put in a day’s work and went home. Each looked forward to Fridays eagerly but dreaded the Monday morning commute and grind.
Then the world came to a sudden halt. Your entire staff was forced to stay home until further notice. One by one, each learned to adapt to working remotely. Some resisted, but most began developing a sense of freedom they had never known.
As a result, they discovered they could easily do their job as effectively at home as at work. And that’s when the questions began to get asked, and after the passing of two years working remotely, the pushback to come back to the office started to form.
Though this debate will last for years, innovative companies began embracing and building a remote workforce culture. Not wanting to lose qualified talent to competitors, they chose not to close the door to the inevitable change that is here to stay.
LAN Infotech is a Microsoft Cloud Services Provider, IT Managed Support company and a leader in helping law firms, nonprofits and medical organizations deploy cloud solutions, manage computer networks, keep data protected and top technology management company. Businesses like yours need technology support to run highly-effective organizations.