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Remote work in times of Coronavirus

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How Workforce Management tools can help you

As the Coronavirus spread, the question rises for every CEO or HR professional: is our organisation prepared to deal with the coronavirus crisis? Do we have the right systems and processes in place to adapt to the ever-changing situation. Measures that are in place, such as lockdown, travel ban…. seem to be everywhere now (whereas 2 weeks ago they would seem impossible).  As the whole of Italy is in lockdown, Europe is holding its breath, hoping that preventive measures are enough to contain the expansion of the virus.  

The economic threat to many organisations is huge, since they cannot risk their workforce to stop working, for the sake of business. Therefore, how do companies protect their employees’ health? The most obvious reason is to encourage work from home, so they can stay safe and avoid infection.  

That seem to be the first level of work reorganisation: let employees work from home and rely on technology. Using Zoom, MS Teams, Google Hangout or Cisco Webex for conference calls. Collaborating remotely through Slack channels. These are all app-related workarounds, quick to install and easy to use. If there is 1 ‘positive’ effect of the Coronavirus, then it’s the speed of acceptance and adoption of these tools.  

But that is just the beginning. This is about how we communicate and collaborate with each other.   

And how to organise the work to be done and the workforce itself? How to schedule the tasks (knowing that supply chains are under pressure or can be disrupted at any moment)? Plenty of companies are unable to track their employee’s work when they are not in the office, becoming this a game changer for many of them, visit Companies must deal with this situation trying to keep their staff healthy at the same time they try to minimise the risk of economic losses and ensure business continuity. 

To achieve this, we need a different type of technology: Workforce Management Tools. Initially started as software for Time & Absence Management, they have evolved to a more integrated and demand-oriented support to optimise the scheduling of all staff.

So, how can Workforce Management Tools help your company? 

Being able to manage your employee’s work even when they are not on-site is of course one of them, but most important is to prevent that your workforce stops their duties. 

Here are some other advantages of having a Workforce Management tool in your company: 

  • Remote access from any pointwith internet connection (mobile or laptop) 
  • Remote Clock Inand Clock Out. (Web Clock) 
  • Geolocation of your employee’s:tracking and badging is based on location 
  • Employee’s attendancemanagement (scheduling) 
  • Real time data of your Workforce exceptions(overtime, absence, lateness) 

The world is moving faster every day and there is no way to predict the future, but at least you can be prepared.  

We, at Adessa Group, are HR Process and Technology specialist, covering a wide range of Workforce Management tools. If you want to know more about Workforce Management tools (and how to make the right choices), you can: 

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Post by Silvia Moreno – SAP SuccessFactors consultant


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