5 Key Areas to Update in Your Remote Work Policy After COVID-19

Many businesses transitioned to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic at an unprecedented rate. The model that once seemed only applicable to high-tech workplaces like Facebook and Google became the norm in what seemed like a blink of an eye.

Prior to the pandemic, data shows that nearly 57% of companies didn’t even have a remote working policy in place. When the pandemic first struck and most companies had to suddenly send nearly all their employees home in March of 2020—without a clear end in sight—this policy gap likely resulted in confusion, technology hurdles and productivity loss.

With the end of the pandemic (now somewhat) in sight, you have several important decisions to make. Will you require employees to come back to the office and work there full time? Allow them to continue working 100% remotely? A combination of both? No matter what you decide, it’s time for you to update your remote work policy accordingly.

Having the right policy in place ensures that employees know what processes, tools and guidelines they’re expected to follow when working from anywhere outside the office. Even if you do decide to bring staff back on-premises full time, there’s no predicting what could happen next that might force you to revert suddenly to a fully remote workforce for the foreseeable future.

1. Develop Clear Technology Guidelines

As a first step, you’ll need to evaluate your current IT infrastructure and determine what steps are required in order to make it remote work friendly. The first step is to identify any and all technology you need for remote workers to perform their jobs effectively. This includes everything from virtual private networks (VPNs) and video conferencing tools to commonly used software applications.

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2. Ensure Adherence to Data Security Protocols

Your remote policy should address the cybersecurity challenges specific to a remote working environment. People may be working in shared spaces or over public networks, which can jeopardize the security of your private assets.

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3. Establish a Clear Communication Structure

Stellar communication should be a top priority in a successful remote working policy. You need to establish a clear and logical communication structure to avoid confusion, delays and misinformation.
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4. Clarify Work Hours and Schedules

Remote working does not mean that your employees shouldn’t follow a consistent schedule. When updating your remote work policy, first determine how you want to measure productivity—either in hours worked or tasks accomplished, or a combination of both.

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5. Create Meeting Guidelines

It can be challenging to find a suitable time for meetings when all remote employees are available, especially in a geographically distributed workforce. Create clear guidelines to ensure you’re having regular meetings with remote employees and that these meetings are taken seriously.

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How Parallels RAS Can Help You Enforce Your Remote Work Policy after COVID-19

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is a comprehensive solution for enabling remote work. It’s also a tool that can simplify your remote work policy greatly. With Parallels RAS, your employees can access all the internal resources they need, regardless of where they are or which device they are using. They can also switch seamlessly to remote working during both expected and unexpected disruptions.

Parallels RAS provides an environment similar to what employees would experience on site, minimizing the learning curve and maximizing productivity. This effectively eliminates the need for separate sets of guidelines and tools for your on-site and remote workers because all staff can access the same virtualized desktops and applications in the same way, regardless of their physical location.

Finally, Parallels RAS provides your organization with whatever levels of control you need through client policies. IT administrators can group employees based on their job roles and grant permissions accordingly, and administrators can apply different settings on different user devices, allowing you to enforce security policies even when employees are working remotely.

Watch a free demo of Parallels RAS to learn how it can help enforce your remote work policy in any scenario.