Restoring normalcy and moving forward with remote-working strategies for the long-haul Let’s face it – 2020 got off to a rocky start. A global pandemic blindsided leadership teams and forced significant changes to the business scene in March. There’s no denying that disruptions have lasted longer than expected, and we’re still unsure how long these changes may last. It’s now mid-May, and at this point, most businesses have transitioned to entirely remote company operations to keep business moving. The question that remains is how to move forward – both in this transitional post-pandemic phase and for the long-haul.
The COVID-19 Unwind: Business Planning Post-Pandemic PeakIn the face of uncertainty, many businesses have settled into a new normal and have found ways to maintain some form of company culture. However, many professional teams are still left with one lingering question – how will we unwind from this mess? How will business teams be able to restore some sense of normalcy to their operations as pandemic restrictions are slowly rolled-back and eventually lifted? Our team of IT advisors hears from clients every day with questions about how to migrate their now-remote workforces back to some sort of normal day-to-day operations. The reality is, the plan for moving forward will vary significantly from business to business. Strategies for moving forward will vary depending on how companies have fared – both productively and financially – during this unexpected transition. Some of our clients are wondering how they can make some of their remote migration strategies more permanent for the long haul. Others are wondering how they can get their teams back to pre-pandemic normalcy. Whether you’re hoping to get your team back in the office ASAP or you’ve noticed some business benefits of the remote migration, your best bet is to come up with a strategic and deliberate plan, at least for the coming months.
Considering Remote Workforce Strategies for the Long HaulMany business leaders have seen the benefits of a remote workforce despite the chaos and uncertainty. Gartner recently released a study that found that 74% of CFOs are actively reviewing strategies for continuing with a certain degree of remote workforce operations, post-pandemic. The question for business leaders is, what percentage of operations can and should continue to occur remotely? For some businesses, it might be 5 or 10 percent. For others, it might be much more. Only one thing is sure: developing a forwarding-thinking remote workforce strategy is at the top of the priority list for small and large business teams across the country. That’s why we’re recommending the same thing to each of our clients: it’s time to get a remote workforce plan on paper. Here are some things to consider when developing a remote workforce plan for the long haul:
- Are you ready to get your workforce back in the office ASAP?
- Are there benefits to maintaining a remote workforce for now or even permanently?
- What does your ideal operational workforce look like moving forward, post-pandemic?
- What changes did you make when the pandemic hit that you might want to keep up?
- What changes didn’t work out so well, and how can you go about unwinding these changes and restoring normalcy as restrictions are slowly lifted?
- What have you done to prepare for a second wave? What lessons did you learn from the first wave, and what can you avoid if a second wave hits?