Working From Home webinar
The ECCT’s Technology committee hosted a webinar on the subject of “Working From Home - Best practice and how to prepare your business” featuring host and presenter Thomas Kuiper, General Manager of Gandi.net.
The webinar examined best practices on how to prepare business to work remotely. It also looked into details of tools available, how to prepare staff and manage daily business routines in the event that every employee has to telecommute.
In his presentation, Kuiper gave an introduction to the various types of remote working options available in Taiwan and offered some advice to both companies and individuals as to how to set up a remote office for employees, how to remain productive and maintain effective communication.
He went on to cite surveys citing the main benefits of working from home as well as the main challenges facing people who work from home.
Kuiper cited a report on remote working, titled “State of Remote Report 2020”, conducted by the company Buffer. Based on answers to a question in the survey on the benefits of working remotely, 32% of respondents said that the greatest benefit is having a flexible schedule while and 26% said the greatest benefit was having the flexibility to work from anywhere. A further 21% said the top benefit was not having to commute. Meanwhile, 11% answered that the ability to spend time with family was the greatest benefit.
Companies should also be cognizant of typical problems facing remote workers. Based on answers to the question in Buffer’s report on what is the biggest struggle facing them when working remotely, the highest number of respondents (22%) cited unplugging after work, 19% cited loneliness and 17% cited collaborating and or communication. The next biggest problems cited were distractions at home (10%), being in a different time zone (8%), staying motivated (8%) and taking vacation time (7%). To help remote employees deal with these problems, companies should make sure that they are not expected to be always on and to communicate frequently and effectively.