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10 Best Practices to Support a Remote Workforce During COVID-19 – Redshift by Autodesk

Learn 10 tips to ensure your remote workforce—from architects and engineers to construction professionals—stays productive during the uncertain time of the coronavirus.

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by Prakash Kota

Seemingly overnight, an unexpected and unprecedented crisis hit the world: The coronavirus known as COVID-19 spread from country to country, leaving public and private sectors to scramble for solutions while businesses shuttered, borders closed, schools sent millions of children home, and much of the entire workforce—worldwide—was forced to go remote.

But while sudden, anxiety-inducing change is undeniably hard, humans adapt. People are learning quickly how to cope with the new normal of isolation and social distancing, caring for family, and an uncertain economy. And unlike pandemics of the past, the modern world gives humanity one major comfort: technology’s ability to connect people.

It’s critical that companies have a comprehensive business-continuity plan to ensure their products and services remain available, secure, and reliable for their customers and employees. The health and safety of their employees is top priority, and many companies are closely and continually monitoring guidance provided by governments and health organizations related to the coronavirus so they can make informed decisions.

Chief information officers must have an IT strategy to help people be productive from anywhere to better enable today’s modern workforce. If they do this, they will be positioned to support remote workers with technology that allows their employees to work anywhere, anytime, from any device.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, many companies are working to support employees in working from home. Below are some examples of the solutions and practices to provide a frictionless experience for your remote workers.

1. Invest in Software as a Service (SaaS) and Cloud Solutions

Cloud productivity tools such as Microsoft O365, Zoom, Slack, Jira, and Salesforce make it possible to work anywhere. Create a culture where your teams collaborate in the cloud with platforms like Microsoft Teams and OneDrive. This enables them to work on and co-edit files in real time together, even if they are thousands of miles apart.

For uninterrupted business, it’s critical to invest in flexible solutions that enable productivity and collaboration regardless of location or device. Employees can get almost as much work done from their phones as they can from their computers.

2. Ensure Virtual Access

Some workers need to work on physical desktops because of software or hardware requirements. Architects, for example, may not be able to take their robust workstations home, but if you provide them or other designers and engineers with secure remote access to their desktops through company laptops or personal computers, it will keep them productive and able to work from anywhere.

Another issue to consider is laptop availability. Similar to how people are running out and buying toilet paper, companies are ordering laptops in large quantities leading to a global supply shortage. Proactively stock off-the-shelf laptops to address the supply-chain issue, and provide employees access to virtual computers from their personal devices to keep business running even if laptops are unavailable.

Read on >>> Source: Redshift 10 Best Practices to Support a Remote Workforce During COVID-19

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