The COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic is highlighting one thing: all businesses need to provide flexible working options for their employees. It’s also made many entrepreneurs entertain the idea of ditching their offices and having their staff work remotely.
You’re likely here today reading this article because you’re also having the same thoughts. The thing is, how can you get rid of your office? Is creating a remote workforce an easy thing to do? This blog post will discuss how you can realistically achieve that goal.
Find out if you can break the terms of your lease
The first thing you must do is determine how easily you can vacate your business premises. After all: you don’t want to pay rent on an empty office or unit! If it’s not possible to do so for a while, find out your landlord is willing for another business to take over your lease.
If you’re unsure whether it’s easily possible to move out of your premises or not, consider asking a law firm such as TWM Solicitors for advice. It’s always best to seek professional advice in case your landlord attempts to block your contract cancellation.
Prepare your staff for remote working
The likelihood is high that all your employees will have reliable Internet access and electricity in their homes. With that in mind, you need to figure out the best way of getting them to work remotely from their abodes.
As you can imagine, it’s a good idea to equip each employee with a modern and reliable laptop for work purposes. You’ll also need to think about how you and your customers can reach those employees during business hours.
There was once a time where you would have needed to provide each worker with a business mobile. But, technology has evolved to the point where you can have calls directed to their laptops using solutions from companies such as GAMMA.
Telephony technology makes it possible to use a software-based solution running on a laptop for receiving and making calls. Your employees can use inexpensive headsets with that software.
Invest in cloud technology
The Internet is awash with online solutions to make businesses of all sizes more productive and efficient. It makes no difference what your business offers; there’s going to be a cloud solution for it.
For example, SalesForce makes a cloud-based CRM (customer relationship management) solution that all your employees can use remotely. And services like Microsoft OneDrive enable corporate file sharing and versioning - perfect for project collaboration.
Of course, if you need something more bespoke for your business, it’s possible to invent a solution that fits your needs like a glove! Amazon AWS provides a variety of cloud computing platforms and systems to develop a solution specifically for your business.
The one thing you’ll have taken away from this article is that getting rid of your office can be quite straightforward. With more businesses and individuals embracing remote working and virtual meetings, there isn’t much need for physical premises for a lot of businesses.