Changing ways of working is always hard. Inertia is the strongest force in nature. ‘We’ve always done it this way’. People fear change and so put it off.
I am naturally a shy person (my wife laughs at that comment, but it is true). However, I’ve learned in life to face my fears. They are normally less bad than I feared. Self-analysing, I can see the tendency to avoid change. So, I have taught myself to embrace change by looking at the opportunity. Weighing up the pros & cons and then getting on with it.
You can put the move to change into 3 categories:
Remote working: the technology is there but the thinking can lag behind.
Loss of cohesiveness
Will my staff skive off
They need to access the server to work
All the computers are in the office
How will they print
How will we manage the staff
How will we have staff meetings
Who will man the phones?
Treats staff with trust
Higher productivity – in my experience
You will note that a lot of the Cons are actually barriers to ‘How to do it’ rather than objections in principle.
In a ‘Distress Purchase’ situation, you need to work through these issues quickly with a plan. I encouraged remote working when I took over running my department of 60 litigators. It aligned them better with the hours our clients wanted to contact them. It allowed my staff the ability to save commute time. It produced higher productivity. We weren’t on the cloud but used citrix as a virtual platform. I could always manage them by the reports and phone calls. I would now have better technology available to manage them.
How to do it?
Some Practical suggestions
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I was recently visiting a village near where I live. Increasingly villages where there is good internet are finding buildings are being turned into small office units. It struck me that a revolution is quietly going on: small office-based businesses are moving back into the rural villages as people are freed from the need to set up in a town or city. Why not have a nice environment where you work and less of a commute? Then that encourages other businesses that support them – the café in the village etc. It’s certainly something I will be raising when advising someone thinking of setting up a new law firm.
If you are struggling with the move to remote working for your business, or just want to talk through the strategy then feel free to contact us.