Lockdown has given us the opportunity to reflect on life and the way that we work. Many business owners have had to quickly adapt after being catapulted into the online world. For example, learning how to use video conferencing tools for the first time, or working and managing their teams remotely.
In the past there was resistance by some organisations with regards to remote working. They wondered whether it was productive and if a remote worker could work efficiently, outside of the physical office space.
Prior to lockdown, business owners were often working at a hundred miles an hour, dashing from one meeting to the next. Additionally, committing themselves to hefty overheads of office space was a cost that they had to endure.
Due to COVID-19, the majority of the world has now been forced to work remotely. Because of this, many people have been made aware of the great number of office tools available to them. Zoom, Google Drive and Dropbox are just some of the tools that enable effective remote working.
Many business owners are now extolling the virtues of working online with their teams, or clients. A zoom meeting is easily organised and saves precious time. In addition to this, the added benefit of not having to travel back and forth to meetings had not gone unnoticed.
Consequently, without the daily commute, business owners are able to spend more time with their families. Attaining that elusive work-life balance now seems achievable. Thus, allocating time for exercise or hobbies that are no longer being put on the back-burner.
So, what we need to ask ourselves during this time, is ‘How will our clients and competitors be working in this ‘new world’?’
Many businesses may choose to utilise the aforementioned office tools to produce more online content and courses. They may also build virtual teams, focusing on email marketing campaigns, creating webinars, and networking with a global outreach.
So, as we prepare for the lockdown restrictions to be lifted, now is an ideal time to ask ourselves ‘What should we take from this experience?’ and ‘How can we change our way of working to adapt?’
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Are you more open to a flexible working model?
Will you think about working from home for a couple of days per week?
Will you consider working with a remote worker, such as a Virtual Assistant, to manage the administrative aspect of your business or life?
If you would like to know more about working with a Virtual Assistant, to understand how you and your business can benefit from our experience in the online world, get in touch to find out more: