Businesses across the world are worried about having to close their doors as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. However, for many businesses, there are other options. Not only can implementing telework for employees benefit your company right now, but it could help save you money for years to come. The good news is that it’s not that complicated. We’re breaking it down for you below.
How Telework for Employees Can Help You
Have you ever had an employee leave your company because they were moving to a different town or state? When a valued employee leaves and you suddenly find yourself needing to replace them, it can be devastating.
Allowing that person to telework means they can continue working for you long distance. Additionally, if they’re not too far, you can always do weekly or monthly in-person check-ins. You’ll save money on attempting to recruit and hire someone new and you’ll show your employees that you value hard work and dedication.
Additionally, many employees are willing to telework when they have colds or other minor illnesses. Giving them the tools to work remotely prevents germs from spreading around the office and causing other employees to have to call out sick.
Create Ways to Connect
Most businesses are already using software for inter-office chat or client video conferencing. This software can easily be adapted to work for remote employees as well. Just because a person isn’t in the office doesn’t mean you can’t have a face-to-face chat with them. Options like Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Slack are making it easier to stay in touch and get work done.
If you’re requiring people to telework, it’s good practice to provide them with the technology they need to do it. Most people have the internet already, but providing a laptop or desktop and monitors is fairly standard.
You’ll also want to make sure that the computers you provide have all the same software as in-office computers. The idea is for employees to have the same resources at home as they do in the office so they can continue doing their best work.
The good news is that you can write off both the hardware and software at the end of the year. In addition, Adobe is currently offering two months of free Adobe Creative Cloud to assist businesses that are implementing telework for employees.
One worry that many businesses owners have about setting up telework for employees is data security. There is a risk associated with remote work, especially if you don’t go through the proper channels to secure your information.
Working with your IT department or a local IT company can help, though. They can set you up with a VPN (virtual private network). This network allows employees to sign in from the computer that they’re using at home, but their internet connection will go through your secure network, just as if they’re in the office.
Even with this measure, you’re still going to want to go through some cybersecurity information with all employees before you allow them to telework. Your IT company should be able to help you out with this.
There’s no doubt that this is a time of uncertainty and stress for many, but with a little bit of adjusting, most businesses should be able to pivot and adapt to allow telework for employees.
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