The effects of the Coronavirus outbreak on the global workforce are significant. Self-isolation policies as well as school closures mean that remote working is being widely enforced.
As a result, some organisations have, in the space of only a few weeks, had to make changes to their working practices that it normally would take years to transition to.
The pandemic is redefining work as we know it. And fast.
One thing is certain; the way we work will never be the same again.
Your workforce and your senior management is going to have to rapidly adapt to:
- A remote workforce that is actively working from home creating a virtual organisation. Current location based working styles will not work effectively with a virtual workforce.
- People working around kids, relatives, family members who are at home and/or unwell. The mental health of the workforce could become more fragile and a happy family is key to a happy remote worker.
- Working hours that no longer represent a 9 – 5 pattern. Social distancing and other measures mean that teams have to adapt immediately to flexible hours.
Our company has championed remote and flexible work since our inception and our 100 Rainmakers are able to work from whichever location they want. We believe that work is about outcomes, not time or location.
Much of our client work is also delivered remotely. We achieve this through a transparent culture, an agile, business model and the use of real-time collaboration tools such as Slack, G Suite, Trello and Teams.
This means that Rainmaker, during the current pandemic, is able to maintain continuity and help clients protect revenue streams and deliver essential services.
We are acutely aware that many organisations are finding it very challenging to adapt to this unknown world and that many teams are struggling with their new remote working set up.
Without the right tools, support and structures, your workforce risks becoming ever more unproductive and disconnected and the risks to your business continuity are very real.
Rainmaker is offering a short 5 day engagement that will implement a solution that you can use immediately with your teams from Day 1. If you need help or advice, please feel free to send me a note.
Rainmaker and our partners at Amazon Web Services and Slack have also set up a dedicated channel to help answer any questions related to adopting and embedding remote working practices.
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