The phone rings and it is the vet reminding Gabriel (your employee) that Fido’s checkup is at 10am, and so is the project status update with the general managers. The kids come home from school and decide that now is the time to update their social network status, watch a few vids, and play a few games to wind down the school day. The Internet seems slow because your employee is at the vet and left the computer connected to the VPN, and now so is the Xbox. The game is not performing well so dad always says, “reboot the darn thing” and so they do. Gabriel forgot to save the changes to the fiscal budget they were working on since 7am.
There are so many things to consider when building a remote workforce. It is not just about having sufficient “Internet Bandwidth” (Internet service providers typically do not offer any guarantees on home internet connections like with commercial agreements) and a reasonably modern computer. Often dismissed is productivity, secure and conscientious behavior about company resources and data, new skills training, how to communicate or when to use which method of communication, performance appraisals, remote IT support, home network security and computing equipment, and paperless initiatives to avoid exorbitant home printing costs including digital document signing, sharing, and saving. The remote workforce is going to require a lot more of your attention to warrant it as a true business strategy!
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