Businesses across the country are making plans to reopen as stay-at-home orders come to an end. During this unprecedented time, many organizations discovered that their workforces are just as productive — or even more so — when working remote. As a result, some companies may be asking employees to continue to work from home for an extended period of time — and even permanently.Complete the form on this page, and let’s start the conversation.
The kitchen table just doesn’t cut it as a long-term workspace. Remote employees are more productive when they can create dedicated areas in their homes just for work activities, then “commute” at the end of the day to personal spaces.
To create a stronger connection between the home office and in-office environments, consider outfitting work-from-home employees with comparable ergonomic items:
Think about creating a curated bundle of office furniture that employees can have delivered to their homes. Look into procuring office furniture that meets or exceeds ANSI/BIFMA commercial quality standards.
Consider offering remote employees access to active workplace furniture that encourages healthier habits. There are a number of ergonomic-friendly solutions that support proper physical alignment
PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
The right technology for the job is a key consideration to keeping remote employees plugged in and connected to your organization. Employees may have been fine pounding away on laptops for the short term, but long-term remote work may require technology bundles that promote efficiency and productivity. Videoconferencing capabilities are important as a means for employees to meet and collaborate with co-workers, clients, partners and vendors while being able to see facial reactions.
Consider what combination of technology you think is needed to have on hand in a home workspace:
NETWORK SECURITY AND CONNECTIVITY
Reliable security software and network connections are just as important as providing access to the right technology for remote employees. You’ll want to make sure that your team members can communicate with each other without digital disruptions or concerns about cybersecurity.
The planning process for remote workers could include the following:
PROVIDING ACCESS TO PRINT SERVICES:
Although technology can offer the biggest boost to productivity for remote workers, access to company documents and print services, which is standard in the office, is also important.
Take a look at Managed Print Services as a way to create a hub from which employees can find up-to-date forms, order printed materials and access an assortment of branded promotional items.
EMBRACING THE NEW NORMAL
Change is never easy. With the sudden shift to remote working, businesses are challenged to find ways to support employees with the right mix of tools and technology to make sure that they feel connected in these uncertain times. With proper planning, which considers these four key categories, organizations are in a better position to maintain productivity and a satisfied workforce.
OFFICE DEPOT® CAN HELP
We are here for you and on this journey with you. For more information about how to navigate the changing landscape, submit your contact information at Office Depot® OfficeMax®https://business.officedepot.com. We’ll work with you to help figure out what your employees need to be productive and connected when working from home for the long term.