For years, work has typically consisted of employees entering an office to complete their job. However, as technology has advanced to provide consumers with great gadgets or services, it has also advanced to make the workplace more accessible. This speaks to the use of new tools to allow for remote work opportunities to be possible in countless organizations. Recently, due to recent concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak, we felt the need to protect our team and others by encouraging them to participate in social distancing by implementing remote work initiatives.
Remote Working From Home
As GoFleet is a provider of tools and technology, we see first-hand how innovation is changing businesses. As part of this, our team has always utilized innovative tools to help us better help our customers. Luckily, this technology has also allowed for remote work to be an option for staff. Investing in portable devices and communication software has previously provided us with the means to always complete the highest level of work, regardless of the task. This includes providing team members with laptop computers, laptop accessories such as headsets or mouses, workflow management systems, as well as internet-based conference meeting accounts.
Technology Is Changing And So Are We: Our Remote Work From Home Initiatives
Due to recent events and the spread of COVID-19, the GoFleet team has elevated its remote working policy to protect the health and safety of team members. By making remote work from home a default for our employees, we are doing our part in attempting to stop the spread of the virus through social distancing. As mentioned before, we believe that our innovative nature and the tools that our team has available can help us remain productive while we practice social distancing.
How Our Team Is Staying Productive
Like many other organizations, maintaining productivity and quality work is a top priority during times of remote work. So, prior to encouraging our team to work from home, we did vigorous research to see how else we could help them succeed while they were remotely working. We implemented the following:
- The act of scheduling regular meetings to maintain communication and reduce isolation or miscommunication
- A policy regarding what a proper work environment would consist of – a quiet room that has a clear work space, minimal distractions in addition to a proper internet connection
- Clear project deadlines via workflow management systems so work does not fall behind and schedules can be organized accordingly
- Open discussions to speak about and address work blockers
Since much of the effects that COVID-19 will have on work spaces are still unknown, it is important for organizations to continue to research how they can help their team. Not only by encouraging a safe and healthy workplace, but by providing them with guidance about how they can remain successful at this time.
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