As businesses consider and get their plans for the “return to office” movement into action, it is becoming a quick realisation that many of the former protocols they had in place will not be sufficient to meet the new normal that we have been facing in the last two years due to COVID-19.
From technical and security issues, to ensuring teams had the appropriate software and hardware technologies, to managing team communication and efficiencies within a distributed workforce – companies were faced with how to maintain business continuity.
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE FIELD
Recent data shows 92 percent of executives believe that COVID-19 has forced their company to rethink how work gets done, and 87 percent of employees believe their company has created new and better ways of working. Remaining adaptable is the difference between companies that are unsuccessful in preparing for the future of work, and those that invest in the right workplace-technology to provide an agile, responsive environment to support their staff.
FACILITATE DIGITAL-FIRST COLLABORATIVE SPACE
Post-pandemic, there will be a need for meetings to extend outside home offices. There will also be new guidelines on social distancing to reconfigure office workspace. Non-negotiables will be a basic provision of effective video and audio communication, supported by intact fail-over strategies in the event of a disaster recovery incident to keep business running. Stakeholders broaden beyond just remote employees, but to global teams, agencies, vendors, and suppliers that will be the key drivers in a shift in meeting culture that embraces a flexible, digital-first set-up.
Beyond room configuration and meeting culture, we also require the right combination of software and hardware technology that fulfills the demands of teams coming together in-person and remotely. This will be a continuing Litmus test on ensuring success and productivity.
INCREASE SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS CONTINUITY
The other important matter is putting a business continuity program in place to mitigate risk and lower disruption impact from emerging risks. Key steps to consider are:
- Forming an emergency response team and set clearly defined roles and responsibilities
- Involving C-suite leaders, managers, and other employees
- Determining key objectives for business operational continuity
- Monitoring and protecting employee health and safety
- Facilitating a compliant physical site plan
- Supporting technology readiness
- Being responsive with employees, customers, vendors, and partners
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If you would like the experts at Huon IT to review your digital collaboration tools and business continuity readiness, feel free to call us on 1300 HUON IT (4866 48) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.