In light of the COVID 19 pandemic that has taken the world and our country by storm, businesses everywhere are reaching for strategies to implement for their teams to work remotely. For the unlucky smaller businesses that do not have the luxury of purchasing mobile equipment at such short notice, this, unfortunately, means 21 days of no income and sadly a loss of jobs or unpaid leave.
It is easy for businesses who already have these strategies put in place to share the how-to’s for working remotely, but what about the smaller businesses who have no idea where to begin or how to navigate these muddy waters? So where do they begin?
Now when I say adopt digital, I do not necessarily only mean digital advertising. I mean Digital as in technology as well. No matter your business type, industry or scale, there is always the opportunity for you to incorporate technology into the way you operate on a daily basis. From linking your point of sale systems to an e-commerce online store, communicating with your customers through customised newsletters and creating virtual environments through the use of Microsoft Teams to reliable yet reasonably priced laptops that allow your small teams (and you) to work remotely as well as organising all your data in a safe and easy to access cloud that allows you to access it anywhere and anytime. Technology is everywhere, it is convenient it is not rocket science either.
Set the foundation
Seeing as though an incident of this magnitude has never happened in the history of our countries democracy, it is easy to pass it off as a once-off occurrence, and whilst we do not believe that this will become the new norm, there are other consistent factors in our country apart from quarantine that would warrant the need for employees to work remotely. Case and point: Load Shedding.
So it may not need to be said, but I will anyway, your business needs to be prepared for as many on-location interruptions as possible and the only way to do this is to stop relying solely on an in-office or in-store environment. What are some of the steps you should consider?
- Invest in laptops that would enable you and your employees to work remotely should the circumstance arise for it.
- If you are in the retail industry or you rely on walk-in business, consider an e-commerce website that will allow you to showcase your products online and sell it online.
- Monitor your team’s productivity virtually without the use of micromanagement tools.
- Make use of virtual online tools to enable virtual meetings using the likes of Google Hangouts or Discord.
- And last but not least, allow yourself the opportunity to explore a new mindset. One that is not constricted by the four walls that your business operates in. Understand that your limitations start and end. with your reliance on an office or shop space. The need for products going forward will not disappear, so your availability shouldn’t either.
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