As the calendar turns to 2021, most of us breathe a big sigh of relief, even though uncertainty lingers. While still in the midst of a global pandemic, there are so many reasons for optimism!
Let’s kick off the new year on a positive note, with reasons for enthusiasm, plus suggestions for making 2021 a stellar year!
1. Opportunity for growth
Undoubtedly, the COVID-19 pandemic overshadowed any good news in 2020. Hope was replaced by concern, which quickly turned into fear for global health and the economy. While we’re still months away from the widespread distribution of a vaccine, the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight.
For the forward-thinking business professional, now is a good time to plan for the inevitable return to some type of normalcy (a matter of “when” and not “if”). Think of all the business that’s been put on hold for the last year, and now envision the economic flood gates opening. For many industries, those projects or capital investments put on hold during the pandemic may finally move forward. If you’re not prepared for an influx of business, you might miss out on a great opportunity for growth.
2. Benefits behind remote work
2020 was also a transformative time from a technology perspective. While the shift to a remote office environment may have been challenging for some, others experienced and envisioned entirely new concepts for the contemporary office of the future. There are some real advantages for employers and employees alike, provided you have the right tools and technology. For starters, employees can work from home for all kinds of situations that used to require PTO. Big snowstorm? Expecting an appliance delivery or contractor? With remote working, your employees remain productive without missing an entire day from the office, serving your business needs as well as your customers.
Second, employers can recruit talent from a larger geographic area. If your business has ever struggled to find qualified applicants, the remote office gives you the opportunity to find qualified employees that live in another city, state, or even country.
Third, some employers see an opportunity to lower operating costs by eliminating or reducing the need for pricey office space. Leasing a building and stacking it with technology, telephony, break rooms, conference rooms, and snack machines is rarely a small expenditure. A successful remote workforce will greatly reduce the amount of physical space required… if not eliminate the need altogether.
There’s an old adage – as one door closes, another one opens. If you’ve struggled to work remote, lack cloud-based tools, or have a myriad of disconnected software programs, SYNACT may be able to help. Contact us for a no-pressure consultation and make 2021 a banner year!