Whether we like it or not, self-isolation is essential in slowing the spread – or ‘flattening the curve’ – of coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately, that means many companies have had to close their office and send staff home. That could be for a few weeks or even longer, depending on how the situation develops.

However, that doesn’t have to result in a major disruption to productivity. In this post, we’ll discuss how you can facilitate self-isolation for your employees.

Spread the word – not the virus

The first step in facilitating self-isolation is making it clear that employees can do so if needed. Whether it’s allowing your entire workforce to self-isolate for the coming weeks or informing employees that they can self-isolate if they experience symptoms, it’s crucial that your staff feel comfortable working from home or taking time off without any worry of losing their job.

Otherwise, you could see staff continuing to come into work, putting your workforce at risk, accelerating the spread of the virus and potentially putting more pressure on the NHS. Whatever your policy, make it clear.

Make remote working practical

The second step is to make remote working practical for your employees. Self-isolation doesn’t have to bring your business to a standstill. It’s simply a case of having the right tools in place:

  • Applications like Microsoft Teams allow your staff to communicate and collaborate like a virtual team, so there’s no feeling of isolation while self-isolating.
  • Software like TimeDoctor and WorkiQ allows you to track the productivity of your team or specific employees while they’re working remotely, to make sure everything is running smoothly.
  • Digital asset management – or DAM – gives everyone access to the files and assets they need without requiring endless searching or back-and-forth phone calls and emails.

Provide guidelines

Remember, many of your team may not have experienced remote working before. It can seem quite daunting having to work at home without your usual office environment and routine. That’s why it’s crucial, as an employer, to provide some sort of guidelines to help people through this process.

Whether it’s simple productivity tips like setting up a workspace and sticking to a schedule, or even step-by-step guides to using software that’s now crucial to their day-to-day tasks, it’s important that they have the resources there to help them adjust.

How digital asset management can help

DAM is a crucial tool for remote working. Firstly, because it gives people access to the resources they need on a daily basis. However, it can also be critical in distributing the right information at such a sensitive and unpredictable time.

You only have to consider the government’s daily updates to see how quickly things are changing with this virus. The same is true for your business, which is why it’s important that everyone can access the latest policy or guidelines for remote working or sick leave. With a shared asset management platform, your entire workforce can rest assured they have access to the latest documents.

Try our feature-rich DAM

At iBase, we’re committed to providing a DAM platform that has all the features you and your team need to maximise productivity. From uploading, storing and organising to retrieving, editing and collaborating, our system makes things quicker and easier, so you can focus on what you do best – even through tricky times like these.

If you want to find out more, contact our team.

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