Preparing to go back to your workplace? So, what happens next? At the moment it feels like we’re all living in limbo, doesn’t it? This month’s guide takes a quick look at how a little advanced planning will make the transition smoother.
Recently, we’ve been confined to our houses – and gardens if we’re lucky enough. Our homes have turned into offices, nurseries, schools… probably very exclusive pubs too! All under one roof.
It’s an uncertain time, to say the least. And we don’t even really have an end in sight.
But while we wait on the government to make a call on how long this lockdown will last, we should really be taking some time now to make a plan for our businesses, and the eventual return to the workplace.
We know that the people who planned for the event of a lockdown found the whole process of sending staff to work from home a lot less stressful.
Those who left it till the last minute? Well, they struggled, and have definitely wasted time and suffered a bigger loss in productivity than they needed to.
So, while we were initially unsure as to whether a lockdown would happen, we know for sure that we will be returning to our workplaces at some point. The only question is… when?
Start planning now and ensure the return to your workplace is as smooth a process as possible…
“Why do we need a plan?” I hear you ask. “Can’t everyone just, you know, come back to the office?”
Well, not really. There’s a little more to think about than that.
It’s not a mammoth task. You just need to know what to consider and you can make your plan.
There are three main elements to look at:
Start by looking at your people
Would you consider making working from home a regular option for some or all of your team?
Next, look at your equipment and data
While everyone has been working from home, they’ve needed devices to work on, and a setup that allows them to access your network, files, applications, etc. How has the home setup worked for you and your staff? Making sure data is safe – and keeping it that way – must be a very high priority for all businesses, these days.
Now look at cost-saving
There’s no doubt that times are going to be hard for a while. The economy has been impacted in a big way, and we’re all going to have to tighten our belts in some way. But IT has never been something to underinvest in. Because that will have a direct impact on how productive your team will be, and how safe your data is.
Whether you can’t wait to get back to your workplace, or you’re secretly enjoying working from home, hopefully, you’ll see that a little planning can go a long way.
This isn’t something that should be left for a few weeks. Please don’t put it off. The more work you do now on planning your technology and implementing it, the easier it will be for you and your team when the lockdown starts to ease.
If you could use some help planning and implementing the technical side of the return to your workplace, please get in touch. We’d love to help you make it a smooth transition, without wasting any further time.
You can call us on 0207 241 2255 or simply fill out the contact form on our website and we’ll quickly get back to you. If you’d like to schedule a call directly with Ben, please connect via his calendar link.