5 tips to transform your Brick and Mortar Business into a Virtual Company

5 tips to transform your Brick and Mortar business into a Virtual Company If you are used to a brick and mortar business and follow a traditional structure, then the leap to becoming a virtual company might be a hard pill to swallow. Your employees are also bound to feel the change, especially if the shift is not handled properly.

A virtual company needs adjustments to traditional communication methods since teams no longer work from a central, physical location. The adaptation to a remote working culture should be planned, and the core work hours should still be limited to typical work hours to create a distinction between work life and personal life.

However, the shift from a brick-and-mortar business does not have to be a big deal. Many companies have shifted their teams to remote working effortlessly. There are some basic steps you can follow to make sure that the shift is effective, efficient, and smooth.

1. Write a work from home policy

A work from home policy is as crucial as a general organizational policy when you are shifting from a traditional business to a virtual company. When creating a work from home policy make sure that it is simple to adopt, and gives clear instructions to employees about the do’s and don’ts. In your policy set the right expectations and the duties that workers need to understand. Make sure to include the following:

2. Establish a good communication channel

A good communication channel is necessary, even more so when managing a virtual company. It is essential to ensure that employees can work productively and have access to speak to their managers. Video conferencing, such as Skype, ClearSide and Zoom, is useful in remote working environments.

3. Make sure you provide the right tools

Many employees prefer to use their own devices for remote working. You need to either provide them with devices or employ a bring your own device (BYOD) policy. If you deploy a BYOD policy, then make sure that all the applications that your employees use are easily made available to them.

4. Focus on deliverables rather than workers’ time

Forget the stereotype about thinking that employees do not work productively from home. Flexibility is extremely important to remote employees, and it is important to give them the flexibility to work best in their productive hours. Focus on the deliverables that are produced, rather than micromanaging the number of hours they work.

5. Provide regular feedback

Regular feedback is just as important in a virtual company as it is for traditional companies. Remote employees tend to be slightly more engaged in work than other employees, and hence need to be offered opportunities to be promoted. Give regular feedback to your employees and promote them as and when necessary.

How can Parallels RAS help to build a virtual company?

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is an all-in-one remote working solution that allows you to seamlessly publish applications, desktops, and files to employees on any device. Deploy and manage desktop and application delivery from a centralized console in a variety of environments. It is especially useful for companies transitioning from a brick-and-mortar business to a virtual environment.

No matter your operating system, the end-user device, or the location of your employees, you can use Parallels RAS to make the transition smoother. By leveraging the Parallels RAS Client, a lightweight software, you can easily allow employees to work with their business applications and desktops published with Parallels RAS.

Give the right tools to your virtual company workforce by downloading the free trial of the easy to deploy, easy to use, and seamless Parallels RAS today!

References:

Brick-and-Mortar: https://corporatefinanceinstitute.com/resources/knowledge/strategy/brick-and-mortar/

Digitizing Brick–And–Mortar Stores Can Build the Much Needed Bridge Between the Much-needed Bridge Between Online and Offline: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jiawertz/2019/09/27/digitizing-brick-mortar-stores-build-bridge-online-offline/#13bc456dac95