68% of British workers were already being offered flexible working and that figure is now massively increasing given the current unprecedented situation, but employees working remotely doesn't have to mean a drop in efficiency and productivity if they have the right tech.
We've put together some advice on homeworking and suggestions for the best KIT you should be considering in order to keep colleagues connected, efficient and motivate, and to keep your business running smoothly in these uncertain times.
Mental well-being can be massively affected by lack of contact and colleague and client relationships can suffer without face-to-face contact.
The latest monitors with HD webcams built in can help connect colleagues and clients and provide the next best thing to being there in person. Add a compact conference speaker or headset for easy hands-free communication.
The home-office setup also needs to be considered. Having a young family off school and using the same house space can be stressful. Space may be at a premium, so consider small form factor desktops and laptops, and enhanced security options like fingerprint readers to unlock devices to prevent little terrors from accidentally destroying a morning's work.
Providing staff with better KIT improves mental well-being as well as productivity. Staff feel more valued if they have tech they appreciate and if it helps them fulfil their role with ease.
Even the biggest companies are in danger of seeing a drop in productivity if the kit provided for home-working is not suitable for an employee's particular role.
We all have a need to ensure that costs do not spiral out of control when income is under pressure but if your staff do not have the right kit for their needs it can reduce productivity, increase project delivery times, and be very demotivating for the employee.
Understand what tools are required for particular job roles and ensure the KIT provided matches this. A one-size-fits-all policy rarely works unless all staff have the same roles. We have a large range of laptops and compact/portable desktops that are ideal for all levels of workloads and you can filter by processor, memory, storage requirements and many other fields.
Second screens are also worth considering as moving from a multi-screen office environment to using a small laptop screen at home can often impact multitasking and reduce efficiency.
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