The Covid-19 pandemic has turned business operations on their head worldwide. The way we work has changed dramatically, and it looks like those changes are now the new normal and here to stay.
What am I talking about?
Since the start of the pandemic, working from home (WFH) became the catch phrase and a way of life for much of the world.
2020 was a tough year. But some businesses did thrive. On-the-ball companies and entrepreneurs who valued remote-working flexibility prior to the pandemic were already braced for the WFH shift.
So ask yourself. Was your company ready to embrace working from home effectively and securely?
Without the right technologies, communication tools, and strategies you will not reap the full benefits of working from home.
So, what can you do to get your businesses WFH ready?
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How to get WFH ready
Do not worry if all these changes feel a bit overwhelming. We have got your back.
A lot has changed in a year. But some businesses have reigned supreme. So, let us consider the key attributes of a pandemic-proof business.
When the world turns upside down, there is no point staying stuck in old ways. It is time to embrace innovation. Business leaders need to think creatively to reshape their operations for a new way of life. Due to pandemic restrictions, that means prioritizing work from home flexibility for employees. It is time to face the unknown head-on and embrace new opportunities.
Prepare with the right tools
But embracing innovation is about more than just an attitude. You will need the right tools and security for the job. With the right tech infrastructure, working from home can be as, if not more, effective than traditional 9-5 office hours. Start by incorporating effective anti-virus and remote office communications.
There are loads of cloud service options on the market today, but if you are looking for a simple all-in-one solution why not try Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 users benefit from all the traditional Microsoft Office tools like Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel, plus they are automatically given access to Microsoft Teams for remote video conferencing functionality. Perfect for team meetings, conferences, or presentations.
The new WFH normal
So think again. Is your business pandemic-proof?
If your answer is no, think about what you can do to embrace the new WFH normal. With the right tools and readiness, your business need not suffer.
In fact, working from home looks like it is here to stay.
Very soon, 9-5 office hours could be a think of the past, with home-office stipends on the rise, and informal communication platforms like WhatsApp and Slack filling in for those office water-fountain chats.
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