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Remote Policies That Do (and Don’t) Transition Well to In-House Operations

Remote Policies That Do (and Don’t) Transition Well to In-House Operations

The COVID-19 pandemic is still in full swing, and while many companies buckled under the pressure put on them to maintain operations, others have managed to adapt through the use of remote technology solutions. Businesses have put into place policies surrounding this remote technology, many of which are both helpful and harmful. Having remote policies can make or break a hybrid workforce.

Let’s take a look at some of these policies, as well as what you can do to make the most out of your remote technology.

Team Management Tools > Heavy Management Practices

Look, we understand that you want to make sure that your Tampa staff is as productive as possible throughout the workday, and there is something to be said for operational efficiency, but nobody likes working with someone else breathing down their neck. If your employees feel like they are constantly being monitored, they may start to feel stressed or, even worse, violated. If employees are not happy with the way that your organization utilizes remote monitoring tools, they might decide to try their luck elsewhere. With remote jobs out there more now than ever before, trust us when we say that they won’t have a problem finding work that is more accommodating to their preferred management style.

Instead of monitoring everything that your employees are doing, you can use a project management platform to help keep each other accountable for the tasks that must be completed. You can see at a glance who is doing what, and when they are not meeting expectations, you can have a conversation about what the problem is and what can be done to resolve it.

Remote Work Communication Tools Are Still Great for In-House Work

Those remote communication tools you implemented for when your employees are out of the office, like your unified communications platform, are still incredible for when your employees return to the office. Just because it is designed for teams to collaborate in real-time without being physically present does not mean that they are not just as effective, or even perfectly fine alternatives.

Imagine being able to hold a meeting without the need to have your entire workforce into the conference room. There is considerable value in a communications platform like Slack, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams, even for in-house workforces. These are particularly valuable if you plan to continue remote operations post-pandemic in at least some capacity, a la a hybrid model.

Zero-Trust Policies Create More Comprehensive Security

The remote office made it abundantly clear that security should become an absolute priority, and with so many devices accessing company data at any given time, it becomes critical that employers know who is accessing data and why. Security is a top priority for any company when they have employees who are accessing data at remote offices. But what makes it even more important in this day and age with so many devices connected? Protector security will make sure you know who’s on your network, why they’re there and how often their login attempts come up against protections like two-factor authentication or id verification systems.

With so many devices accessing company data at any given time, it becomes critical that employers know who is accessing their confidential information. This can be done by implementing a zero-trust policy which means each individual’s device will have to go through an authentication process before they are granted permission from the organization’s servers.

Symmetric IT Group can help your business with any aspect of its remote or hybrid workplace setup, from technology procurement to monitoring and maintenance of that technology. To learn more about how we can help your organization not just survive during these difficult times, but thrive, reach out to us at (813) 749-0895 and check out our Managed IT Services page.

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