The harsh truth is that many companies are struggling during these difficult times, and I urge everyone to support local businesses as much as we can in hopes they can weather the storm. But on a positive note, I have worked with several area businesses that, like my friend’s company, have been able to adapt to the new challenges facing SMBs and continue to operate at the highest level.
These businesses all seem to have three things in common:
1. Their remote staff’s technology is secure and reliable, with the highest levels of cybersecurity controls in place to ensure their remote employees are not putting the company at risk.
2. They reinforce a strong company culture through regular meetings, transparent communication, and fun interactions and virtual events to keep morale high.
3. They make sure that all their remote employees have comfortable and ergonomic home workstations and take the necessary breaks to focus on their health and wellness.
I do not know what the future holds, but many of us will be working from home for quite some time. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I am seeing many businesses prove that when done correctly, companies can not only succeed by having employees work remotely, but oftentimes it makes more sense. Businesses are saving money and mitigating the potential risks of having numerous employees in the office at one time, and employees are spending less time commuting to and from work.
We need to prepare to work from home for the foreseeable future and we need to do it right! Many companies scrambled to get remote staff set up as quickly as possible but failed to properly secure their network, did not provide their employees with the proper home office tools, or just didn’t (and still don’t) know how to virtually provide a strong company culture.