Work from Home

The Global Pandemic: What on earth is going on in people’s homes?

In early 2020, the world turned upside down. Almost everybody was impacted in some way by the global pandemic, some worse than others. Lockdowns occurred and as a result of this, businesses either shut down or enforced a `work from home’ policy on their staff. Many businesses didn’t survive, whilst others have flourished.

Flashforward to 2021 and the world is still in the grips of the pandemic. Businesses have adapted and a key change has been enabling a `work from anywhere’ culture. This is an interesting concept and depending on who you are and what demographic you fall in, it’s either a massive negative or a positive perk.

As a young ex-pat or traveller, this new way of working enables the nomadic dream. As a single person that thrives on office culture, this can be a nightmare of isolation.

I can only speak from the view of a father with two young daughters. For my 20 year working career, my normal routine was to leave home at 5:30 am to beat traffic, hit the gym close to work, leave between5:30 and 6:30 pm and get home between 6:30 and 8 pm at night. Not to mention the frequent interstate flights for meetings.  This schedule isn’t conducive to Business Travelbeing a part of a child (or partner’s life) and despite having been the norm since the 1920s, it has contributed to countless failed relationships and parents who are absent from their children’s formative years.

I worked out that I saw my kids an average of 30 minutes a day, during the week, for a manic pre-bed routine. By working from home full time, I see them the maximum amount possible and are far more involved in their lives (this equates to seeing my kids an extra 1500 + hours a year). The 40-hour workweek and travelling to an office, factory, warehouse, or store has been a paradigm for all working fathers and mothers since the industrial revolution. In fact, the 9-5 model was put in place in the time of Henry Ford, where most businesses today can achieve more success by being outcome focused, rather than watching a clock.

So, if we weigh up the pros of working from home and focusing on an outcome based working culture, we’re left with a major concern, how do we manage our remote workforce effectively. In an office environment, we can track attendance and communication is face to face (usually). Gathering numbers for reporting can be done on the spot and recruitment done the same.

Implementing a solution to address all of the above areas is paramount to a business’s adaptation and longevity. Centralising communication, enabling remote training, capturing candidates in talent pools, and managing compliance from a  dashboard is now not just a `nice to have’ but a MUST. We live in an age of advanced mobile technology and are no longer desk-bound to a tower PC.

A survey on digital learning reported a 74% increase in digital learning usage in organisations in 2020. In a recent Deloitte survey, almost 70% of companies see online learning as urgent or important, however, only 5% believe they’ve mastered the content and technological capabilities needed to make digital learning a great experience. 66% of Learning and Development professionals were searching for short-form content, showing that bite-size modules are having more impact, as opposed to intensive classroom-based training.

Managing work from home employees

World Manager provides each business with a unique Branded application that brings their culture online. Brands build and tailor their own `look and feel’ to convey their vision and values to their workforce. New starters can be hired and fully trained remotely and be effective from day one. Important communication is tracked and `watercooler’ discussions are brought into online forums. Monthly newsletter information can be delivered more regularly and actually absorbed, with the opportunity for feedback to be given.

KPI measurement and daily checklists are captured on mobile phones which are then reported to any management level, via dashboards or scheduled reports. And the most important feature is that this platform allows a business to expand nationally, or even globally, rather than being restricted to finding local talent and training them face to face.

As our new world appears to be here to stay, those that embrace it rather than waiting for it to revert will have the best chance to prosper.

 

To find out how implementing an all-in-one application can benefit your company, have one of our experts guide you through the process.

Disclaimer: This information is meant to provide general guidelines and should be used as a reference. It may not take into account all relevant local, state or federal laws and is not a legal document. Neither the author nor World Manager will assume any legal liability that may arise from the use of this information.

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