August 4, 2020
A Time Like the Present
- We all have mental pictures of how certain businesses look, but now could be an ideal time to expand your image.
- There are bonus benefits to more staff working out of the office.
Counterintuitive thought it may be, the middle of an upheaval might be a great time to think about revamping how your business runs. We all have mental pictures of how certain businesses look, but now could be an ideal time to expand your image. We are all used to certain roles being filled in certain venues, but if ever there was a time to consider whether those roles are filled the way they are out of necessity, or out of habit, it is now.
With cloud-based computer systems, any employee whose work is done primarily via computer can be working from home. This includes roles that traditionally have been seen as essential in person ones. With the proper software and a phone, receptionists could work from home, especially in an office that has multiple employees in that position. If it is a business where clients need physical entry, one receptionist could be on site to assist clientele in person, while other reception staff take care of phone calls and scheduling from the safety of their homes. Even office managers, who are generally considered necessary in person, could in many cases handle at least some of their load from home.
While there are absolutely jobs that cannot be done remotely, such as fighting fires Emergency medical technicians come to mind. As do firefighters. On the other hand, there are businesses that could fully service their clients from the office with the client being able to stay home. Therapists, for example, could easily consult with patients via some form of video chat.
There are bonus benefits to more staff working out of the office. Fewer commuters would benefit the environment, and less traffic makes outings more pleasant when they do need to take place. Employees save both time and money if they do not have to travel to work. If an employer decides to embrace distance working on a permanent basis, there would be the potential benefit of lower overhead.
The bottom line is, uncertainty is bad for business. Deciding to permanently place protocols that were inspired by the need for safety, but are also valuable in other aspects allows a business more control over their future. In addition to more control, many studies have shown that employees are more productive when they work from home. This step will not be for every business, but if it has the potential to be appropriate for yours, it is probably worth looking into, whether full-scale, or with key positions.