Traditionally some roles have always worked outside the office such as sales, technicians or consultants. In some cases, individuals have worked from home part-time, either to avoid traffic congestion or take care of personal challenges like school strikes. Studies show that almost 50% of the workforce could work from home – effectively.
There are good reasons to put a ‘working from home’ plan in place when organizations run into weather challenges like floods, snow-storms or fires. More recently we have also run into medical challenges like SARS and now, COVID-19. Can your organization continue to do business effectively, if you had to send all your staff home? Most could get by with one, perhaps two days, but beyond that would be challenging. What organizations need are communications tools that can be quickly scaled up to allow effective ‘working from home.’