COVID-19 has made working from home a necessity, with over 80% of the workforce complying with the stay at home notice introduced by the government. The increasing trend of telecommuting is set to continue way past the pandemic, as employers and employees become accustomed to this new trend of working from home.
Office spaces need to evolve to meet the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce. As such, organizations need effective tools to ensure that their offices are well suited for employees who work remotely as well as those who work in-house on a daily basis.
Considering that 50% of the workforce in the US will go remote within the next few years, how do you equip your office to adapt to this new trend?
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Invest in Effective Communication Tools
One of the toughest challenges in telecommuting is ensuring that there is clear and open communication between team members. With video conferencing being the most efficient way for remote and onsite employees to connect and discuss ideas, investing in high-quality video conferencing and collaboration tools become a necessity for businesses. These tools, paired with smart office solutions, integrate with several platforms and mobile applications to provide hassle-free communication.
Designated Spaces For Meetings
To stay aligned with their colleagues who work offsite, employees need to hold discussions and meetings without distractions. Companies should incorporate soundproofed meeting rooms and office pods so that employees can hold e-conferences and e-meetings without disrupting other employees. These rooms and pods also double as a huddle room - allowing onsite and remote employees who may drop by occasionally to engage in focused discussions.
Tracking Employees Entering & Leaving The Office
With no fixed schedule for employee attendance, it is easy to lose track of who is in the office and who is not. For employees who drop by the office now and then, applying for access can become frustrating and time-consuming. GTRIIP’s solution eradicates this problem by generating digital keys for each employee, saving the need for physical access cards to be allocated. Access can be tracked in real-time by the management using GTRIIP’s entry logs and advanced biometric identity verification systems, automatically alerting management if any unauthorized personnel enters or leaves restricted areas.Conclusion72% of talent professionals agree that work flexibility (which includes remote work options) will be essential in the future of HR and recruiting. It is no surprise that many businesses are changing their business models and office spaces to attract and retain talent.
Overall productivity gains and job satisfaction of remote work can translate into as much as US$277 million a year in savings for businesses. Businesses need to adapt and shift quickly with the inevitable rise of remote work to ensure that their offices are well suited for both employees who work onsite, remotely or both.
To find out more about equipping your office with the relevant tools, you can read about our office solutions here: www.gtriip.com