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While one of the primary functions of modern ERP systems is to help your company anticipate changes and react accordingly, it would have been impossible for any person or application to have predicted the scale and scope of the Remote Work Revolution we’re in today.
While many companies have been able to continue functioning in fairly typical ways during the pandemic and related shutdown, many tens of millions of people in the US and hundreds of millions around the globe now regard remote work as completely normal.
And many of those people are deeply uncomfortable with the notion of breaking away from that new normal. Concerns about safety, health, commutes, and untested and novel workspaces will no doubt extend the “normalcy” of remote work for many months to come.
While that’s all understandable, businesses that have gotten or will soon get the green light to reopen are grappling with the best ways to handle all this change and uncertainty across their workforces.
Many businesses have been able to meet the technological challenges of setting up their people to work from home (WFH), but for some those employees, while WFH has been a great short-term fix, it’s simply not sustainable for the long term.
And on the other hand, plenty of employees are telling their companies that they want to make remote work a permanent fixture, and that they have no intention of going back to the office except for occasional meetings.
So the big question is this: amid all this uncertainty and upheaval, and with workforces being split with some based in the office/factory/warehouse and some based at home, how do businesses like yours manage your teams in ways that work well for both your business and your people?
One of the best ways is using modern ERP systems whose HR modules can be configured to meet your specific needs and that offer the flexibility you’ll need to navigate some fast-changing and occasionally turbulent waters. To help you figure out the best way forward, here are some questions and some context to help you map out a plan.
While no application could have predicted the COVID-19 crisis, a flexible, modern, and configurable ERP system can help you manage the repercussions of the crisis and optimize your chances for coming out stronger than ever before.
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