In the last year, many companies were forced to shift and adapt to unforeseen circumstances. No one could have predicted the extent to which a global pandemic would affect every type of business or how long these impacts would last. To adjust to health and safety standards, many companies implemented work-from-home and flexible schedules for their employees. Now that things are moving toward normalcy, some wonder if the flexible work model is here to stay.
During the pandemic-related shutdowns, many businesses discovered what they could do with employees working remotely. To the surprise of some, this model still allowed for productivity, growth and teamwork with the help of technology, video calls and other tools. If you are considering what’s next for your business, it may be helpful to consider keeping the flexible work model in place. Here are some tips to help you make that decision:
• Ask your employees what works for them and how you can help build an environment where they can thrive.
• Track your operations, and use this data to make smart choices regarding your work schedule and model for the entire business.
• Equip your employees to succeed if they are working home by providing them with the right tools and training they need to do their jobs in this capacity.
• Invite feedback, and make it a point to really listen to your employees’ opinions and concerns.
It is possible that the flexible-work or work-from-home model will be the right choice for your business, allowing you to choose based on what is truly best for your employees. Whatever you choose, it is important to think about the long-term implications of your decisions. With careful consideration, you can make choices that will allow your business to adapt, grow and succeed for many years.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC