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Sue Oswalt, vice president of human resources for Insurance Program Managers Group, talks about how to efficiently transition your workforce to remote work and continue keeping your employees engaged.
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In recent weeks the podcast has covered critical topics like the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how HR technology providers are supporting businesses during this time. Today, we’re going to take a step toward engaging those workers that are working remotely, many of them doing so for the first time.
The last few weeks of the Covid19 pandemic have been unlike anything we have seen in the workforce during our lifetime with excellent coverage from SHRM. On top of the health risks of a global pandemic, we are adjusting to entire companies shifting from working alongside each other to working from home. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, schools have closed and working parents are now part-time educators (and tech support for the various educational software systems).
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With the global COVID-19 outbreak, many companies have adopted a remote work policy to keep employees safe and prevent further spread of the virus.
Almost overnight, our work lives have been dramatically altered, with businesses announcing mandatory telecommuting during COVID-19. It has been amazing to see the corporate leadership surrounding this and people coming together to fight the pandemic, so the work-life disruption is a small price to pay. While those of us able to work from home are certainly blessed to have that option, it has led to new realities.
Many of us are “stuck” inside with our significant others. For most of us, we’re probably seeing a whole new side of them as we work from home alongside each other. Personally, there’s no one I’d rather be with 24/7! But, that’s a long time to be around anybody, so here are some tips to come out of these unprecedented times stronger, together.
Set Boundaries & Be Courteous
Just last week major corporations began implementing voluntary work from home policies that have quickly become mandatory as sweeping and very draconian social distancing measures are being mandated by major municipalities across the country.
Human Resource executives are being asked to take the lead in facilitating the transition of significant portions of their workforce to a virtual environment. Currently, working from home has become a reality for a wide swath of employees and in many organizations literally overnight with no warning or time to train your managers or staff.
So where do you start?
Q: After working all of my adult life in a regular office job with regular hours, I have accepted a new position working remotely from home. I’ll have occasional in-person meetings with other remote colleagues, but I’d say 95% of the time I’ll be on my own.
We all kind of know this fact. Once you get more than 30 minutes away from your job, no matter how you actually come into work, it starts to feel like a chore. You begin to hate the commute. Doesn’t matter if you drive, take a train, walk, etc. 30 minutes, one-way, is our max!
It’s called Marchetti’s Constant:
Contemplating a remote work policy? You’re not alone. Many careers no longer require punching a time clock. In fact, research indicates that 70% of people work remotely at least once a week. Nevertheless, many employers have not yet embraced remote work.