CIO’s roles are no longer limited to ensuring seamless IT operations. Gradually, they are shifting attention towards facilitating their staff, work flexibility, business innovations, and stakeholder management.
In this article at Forbes, Massimo Rapparini explains how an annual work-from-home week initiated by her organization a couple of years back benefitting now. Workforce flexibility improves productivity and employee retention.
With the large-scale adoption of remote work amid the COVID-19 shutdown, flexible work practices are trending. Organizations are using video collaboration and productivity tools to maintain the daily work routine. Here are critical elements of work-from-home flexibility that senior managers and CIOs should not neglect:
Define the responsibilities of each team member to bridge the skill or productivity gap. Until each team member understands the importance of cyber hygiene, mitigating cyber risks is impossible.
Guidelines prove helpful for the employees to achieve desired results. Keep sharing tips to implement fundamental business techniques. Also, suggest smart ways to maintain a productive work routine. Offer adequate resources and data for seamless operations.
Ask about your team’s personal and professional well-being. Offer help or assistance whenever required but never pressurize them to outperform.
Help in Preparing
The team members must get ready for uncertainties. Help them validate their bandwidth while you closely monitor their performance through a virtual network.
Ensure your IT team is always available to help the distributed staff by addressing technical glitches.
By using cloud collaboration platforms, help your remote team boost customer engagement.
Enhance VPN Connection
It requires sophisticated cybersecurity arrangements to maintain work consistency with remote workers. Improve your VPN connection to help them combat cyber-attacks.
Leverage Endpoint Management
Make sure your staff has automated tools or software that can help them work without any significant trouble.
Offer Right Work Gear
Laptop, webcam, headset, and video conferencing tools are the necessities of a remote employee. There are many inexpensive tools available that you can provide them to collaborate better.
Focus on Business Continuity Infrastructure
Maintain clear communication with the distributed team. Also, find a two-way channel to share sensitive data and resources.
Click on the following link to read the original article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2020/05/15/a-cios-10-tips-for-remote-and-flexible-working/#f3eb3d16f54f