COVID-19 and Telework
By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP
As most of us have experienced, the COVID pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented national experiment with teleworking/telecommuting. The necessity of this has also seen a dramatic investment in the technology platforms to facilitate enhanced working-from-home communications.
Many companies and institutions that had been anti-telework in the past are reassessing their positions based on the successful (although forced) experiences of the past four or five months.
Move Minneapolis has just published a comprehensive guide to telework: “The Move Minneapolis Guide to Remote Work: Telework Strategies for Success Anywhere.” This excellent and practical document addresses following key topics:
- Why Telework?
- Getting Started.
- Managing Teleworkers.
- Special Considerations.
- Savings for Employers and Employees.
- Emergency Continuity of Operations.
- Work-Life Balance and Lowered Stress.
- Employee Retention.
Another great chapter addresses managing remote workers and includes topics such as:
- Outcomes as a Management Metric.
- Core Hours and Flex Schedules.
- Onboarding New Employees.
- Working while Sick.
- Remote Terminations
“Move Minneapolis Guide to Remote Work: Telework Strategies for Success Anywhere” can be downloaded here.
L. Dennis Burns, CAPP, is regional vice president, senior practice builder, with Kimley-Horn and a member of IPMI’s Board of Directors.