The COVID-19 global pandemic is upending business operations worldwide, abruptly driving you to connect to your employees and your organization virtually.  This sudden of change requires shifts in how employees work, your company culture, and how to secure your data.

Challenges have surfaced.  Your prominent challenge previously was how to shift from onsite work to remote. Providing the hardware, internet support, and communication tools were your next step.  Developing cybersecurity training and “security kit” for remote workers is a third enterprise-wide problem.

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  • Diligent executive project manager offering a proven track record of success leading all phases of diverse technology projects; business transformation leader with more than 25 years of project management experience, and a financial executive, leading to being Assistant Deputy Commissioner the City of Boston.
  • As a business strategist, I planned and managed multimillion-dollar projects aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvements, competitive advantage, and bottom-line gains; Collaborated with multiple customer entities to conceptualize and implement innovative manufacturing processes, cost-saving supplier metrics, and digital enablement road-maps.
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Managing your remote workforce effectively

  1. Staying in touch with your people
    • Maintain frequent transparent and consistent communications.
    • Create a “how to work from home” handbook.
    • Disburse a one-time stipend for purchasing work equipment.
    • Define remote working tools to boost each team’s productivity.
    • Conduct surveys of your employees quarterly.
    • Please arrange for a distinct platform so employees can share their thoughts/concerns.
    • Start a virtual mentorship program for those new to remote working.
    • Offer encouragement and emotional support.
  2. Accessing and closing any security and control gaps
    • Conduct external penetration testing.
    • Identify your internal risks.
    • Perform your risk assessment.
    • Create your data breach and security incident response plan.
    • Test your backup and recovery readiness.
    • Teach cybersecurity to all employees and update monthly on a shared file location.
  3. Reinforcing your strategic priorities
    • Emphasize employees’ role in achieving your strategic goals.
    • Energize your executives to obtain “buy-in” for support.
    • Expand capabilities within teams and hold everyone accountable for results.
    • Measure and reward progress.
    • Promote new opportunities and ideas for business expansion and cost-reduction.
    • Be candid about the current situation, financial status, and competitiveness.

Conclusion

 

You face a delicate balancing act – sustaining positive morale and employee productivity during both a health and financial crisis. With your collaboration culture and behaviors in place and holding everyone accountable, you can empower your teams and create a happier culture for a more sustainable future.

Plan! Adapt! Manage! Succeed!

AccuComp Enterprises collaborate with business and technology leaders to support the formulation and execution of transformational strategies.

Together, as your business partner, we can achieve your intended business outcomes by bringing the best of process re-engineering, technology experiences, and advanced business analysis.

Contact us at s.ferrer@accucompenterprises.com

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