Guest Post by Marie Murphy, Fort Privacy
These days we are all talking about the “New Normal”. Whether we apply that to how we shop, or what’s happening in schools and creches or how the GAA is adapting to get people back playing games, there seems to be a general acceptance that for now at least things are going to move in a new direction and we need to adapt.
For a lot of us, the new normal of work will mean a lot more time spend accessing our office from a distance. What we used to call “remote working” and reserve for the special few is becoming just simply working and applied to many.
In March, a lot of companies pulled together remote working procedures in a hurry. Managers and IT staff were immediately concerned with keeping the lights on by making a very fast transition of the workforce from office to home working environments.
As the Covid-19 situation evolves, our organisations need to revisit these hastily assembled procedures and really think through the implications of remote working at scale and over the long term.
We always find putting a policy in place is an excellent exercise to bring clarity to these situations. It forces the company to consider the whats, whys and wherefores and take control of the situation rather than allowing the situation to take control of them.
So as a follow-up to the webinar delivered by Fort Privacy and CalQRisk this week we have compiled the 10 Things You Must Consider When Drafting Your Remote Working Policy.
Remote working is part of the new normal for a very significant portion of the workforce. In many cases it’s a new normal we want to hang onto because it eliminates terrible commutes and wasted hours in the car or on packed public transport. We work smarter and as an added bonus we get to spend more quality time with our families and friends. And the past few months have thrown a lot of us in the deep end and proven that it works.
If it is to continue to work, its time to start formalising the arrangements protecting your company and your employees and creating a healthy environment that everyone will benefit from.
Marie Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) is co-founder and COO of Fort Privacy, an innovative data protection services company based in Cork offering clients outsourced Data Protection Officer Services, tailored compliance programmes and audits all based on the Fort Privacy Maturity Model Framework.