How to make home working work
Many of our clients want to explore opportunities for home working. They have 2 main drivers:
1. reduce office costs by reducing space requirements and all the associated expenses that flow from it
2. ease recruitment by offering more attractive terms, and opening up options for recruiting outside their immediate locality.
In addition many knowledge workers are frustrated by time wasted traveling and as they increasingly see others working from home, they begin to expect this as an option from their own employer.
This document covers business and IT strategy aspects of home working. It includes issues of cost reduction, recruitment, team-working, cultural changes and collaboration. Specifically it describes team-working for home workers, technology and connectivity (including phone, video, online chat, txt and email) and use of products such as Teams, Slack, Sharepoint, Trello, Basecamp, Wrike or WhatsApp. This document describes how to enable business applications for home-workers (including virtual desktop technology eg Citrix) and cybersecurity or information security for homeworkers. In addition this document discusses how to change management style for homeworkers ranging from defining jobs, monitoring performance and encouraging collaboration. The document also describes how home-working can improve disaster resilience which is related to BCP (Business Continuity Planning), DR (Disaster Recovery) planning and risk management.
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