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How to Make It Work When They Work from Home

Many of our clients want to explore opportunities for their employees to work from home. They have two main drivers:

  1. Reduce office costs by reducing space requirements and associated expenses
  2. Ease recruitment by (a) offering more attractive terms and (b) opening-up options to recruit outside their immediate locality

In addition, many knowledge workers are frustrated by their commute. As they increasingly see others working from home, they begin to expect this as an option from their own employers.

But there are so many questions that arise when companies allow their employees to work from home. Our CEO’s Guide, How to Make It Work When They Work from Home, will help answer many of these questions.

The guide covers the business and IT strategy aspects of working from home. It includes issues of cost reduction, recruitment, teamwork, cultural changes, and collaboration. Specifically, it describes team-working for home workers, technology and connectivity, and use of products such as Teams, Slack, SharePoint, Trello, Basecamp, Wrike or WhatsApp.

This guide covers how to enable business applications for those working from home (including virtual desktop technology, e.g. Citrix) as well as outlining issues of cybersecurity. In addition, it discusses how to change management style for remote workers, including defining jobs, monitoring performance, and encouraging collaboration.

Finally, the CEO’s guide talks about how home-working can improve disaster resilience, which is related to business continuity planning, (BCP), disaster recovery (DR), and risk management.

Freeman Clarke is the largest and most experienced team of part-time, or fractional, IT leaders. We work exclusively with organizations looking to use IT to grow their business. For an informal conversation, contact us and we’ll be in touch.

 

 

 

Bagging the benefits of BYOD

More and more people are using their own technology routinely for work, a trend that’s called Bring your Own Device (BYOD). For example, many use their own phones for work, or their own iPads, and some even bring their own laptops into the office as well.

BYOD works because people will use their own equipment when it suits them, whether it’s for the occasional evening email, or working from home for several days per week. It also works because many of the devices that people buy for themselves are better than what they get from the office. And staff will normally be more familiar and productive with their own devices.

The obvious opportunity for CEOs is to simply reduce their IT costs with BYOD. But many executives meet with resistance from their IT team or suppliers. To learn how to get past these challenges, and to seize the opportunity of BYOD, download the CEO’s briefing below:

This briefing looks at the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend which is becoming increasingly popular. We drill into the concerns your IT department might have, the opportunity for reduced technical costs, improved productivity, reduced staff frustration, flexible working and capability to move business services to the cloud. We review the risks related to security such as what data should be accessible on personal devices, how data is stored, whether its secure and encrypted and the movement of data between devices. There are also impacts to the Finance and HR teams and their policies which are covered in this briefing.

If you found this post relevant you might also want to read our How to make working from home work briefing.

For any advice or if you’d like to discuss how these working initiatives could work successfully in your own business get in touch: contact@freemanclarke.com

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