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Brace yourself, winter travel chaos is coming.
The Met Office has predicted colder and wetter weather than usual in December and January. With this warning comes the very real risk of employees failing to show up for work due to weather and transport woes, which will cause major disruption to businesses across the UK.
However, there is a solution to this problem: remote working.
It might not be a silver bullet, but enabling employees to work remotely presents a huge number of benefits, both for staff and for the business as a whole.
First and foremost, remote working resolves the issue of employees not being able to make it to the office because of travel chaos. Whether it’s icy roads, delays to public transport, or an insufferable hangover after the work Christmas party, there’s a number of reasons why the festive season is particularly bad for absenteeism – but when an employee can work from anywhere, this needn’t be a problem.
Remote working can also boost productivity. If staff can carry out their tasks from home, on the train, at a client’s site or in a café, it stands to reason that employee productivity and efficiency will increase.
It can also aid staff retention. Many workers want the option of working from home so they can have a better work-life balance; providing this option will make it easier to attract new talent to your business while also keeping hold of the staff you’ve got.
Other benefits of remote working include a reduction in office costs and it can also bring an end to employees creating unsafe, ad hoc remote working solutions.
So there’s the concise business case for remote working, but how do you execute it effectively?
If you’re going to benefit from remote working, you’re going to need the right technologies and processes in place. Here’s our step-by-step guide for how to roll out remote working like a pro:
Remote working is not just for Christmas, but with travel chaos threatening business disruption over the coming months, now’s the perfect time to embrace the concept.
And while this blog will provide a useful place for you to kickstart your remote working strategy, there’s a lot more to learn if you want to roll the system out effectively.
So let us point you towards hSo’s free guide to remote working. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want any advice or guidance on the subject.