Video Conferencing: The Lifeblood of Quarantined Connectivity
Nowadays, it’s easy to connect with people around the world, so a supervisor or manager can connect to his employees by using a plethora of different online video conference platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom Meetings, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Skype for business, Eztalks meetings and Cisco Webex, most of which are free of charge.
Through these platforms, we can share our screens and run any kind of trainings or presentations with upwards of 50 people at a given time. Many companies around the world are making good use of this technology in the current situation to stabilize business operations with minimum expense to the business.
Futureproof Access and Remote Working Capabilities
Now that it is mandatory for most of the population to work from their homes, employers should ease the access of employees’ workstations with applications such as Remote Desktop. Office data can be transferred to cloud servers to store data, giving access to employees from anywhere. Given that some may not have access to high-speed internet connections at home, it is important for organizations to ensure that proper connectivity to the internet can be given to employees. Providing them with SIM cards and landline extensions through the means of support software’s like “GS Wave” is helpful in connecting and available to their clients and customers on landline.
Building an Offline Network of Emotional Support
Keep your employees encouraged by propagating the need for self-care, especially for people who are trying to adapt to this new system of remote working and are stressed by the new work environment and the daily updates about COVID-19.
Keeping it Flexible
Flexible hours will allow an employee to work at a convenient time, particularly with female employees who are also mothers or expecting mothers. Implementing flexible working hours will allow an employee the manage their time and household responsibilities, thereby improving his or her morale. If implemented correctly, employees will go an extra mile to ready themselves for work as they are one step closer to finding their work-life balance.
Upskilling and Providing Value
We know that due to current market situation there is limited work for many of the employees and so employers can use this time to train their employees which can increase efficiency and knowledge. Employers should take the opportunity to arrange for different types of trainings to bolster the knowledge and knowhow of their employees. E-learning platforms such as Lynda, Udemy, Couresa and Khan Academy can benefit those who want to upskill during the pandemic. The L&D team can also opt for an option of Virtual trainings or online trainings.
Plan for the Future – Interview Now
As a professional recruitment consultant, I would suggest that this is the best time to hire, because more qualified candidates are open for to challenges and are not time-bound to discuss potential opportunities. Companies who were struggling earlier to find good and available talent will be able to identify more interested candidates and interview them online at a convenient time, and at a steady pace. Online interviews can be conducted by online video conference platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom Meetings, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Skype for business, Eztalks meetings and Cisco Webex, most of which are free of charge.
We are willing and happy to provide advice to organizations who are wasting operational time by helping to equip them with the necessary knowledge to set up their work-from home system.
Let us join hands and help each other grow during the era of this unforeseen pandemic.
Written by Arti Bhargava
Edited by Kirk Lobo
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