We’ve prepared an HR toolkit with resources for managing your workforce during disruptions caused by coronavirus shutdowns and work-from-home situations. This guide covers creating remote workforce policies, establishing good communication with remote workers, tips for working from home successfully and more. Be sure to check out our other posts on coronavirus work issues from HR Web Cafe and our Wellness blog:  Coronavirus (COVID-19): What employers need to know and  Coronavirus prevention and precaution tips.

Management and leadership

How Companies Can Respond to the Coronavirus – MIT Sloan Management Review: The companies and employees at ground zero of the COVID-19 outbreak provide insight into what works in a time of crisis — and what doesn’t. Covering best practices, developing an infrastructure for remote work, readying for operational shocks
and more.

Ten Tips To Guide Your Staff Through COVID-19 Crisis – During these difficult times, your practice has no doubt been impacted by COVID-19. Calming customers has likely involved a large percentage of your time. While that is vitally important, it’s also important to lead well in your practice.

Drafting a remote work policy: 5 legal pitfalls to watch for – HR Morning talks about creating a legally sound remote work policy.

Sample Policy: Telecommuting Arrangements -thinkHR talks about various types of telemarketing arrangements and issues to consider when establishing your program.

The 10 rules found in every good remote work policy – Technology firms are veterans at telecommuting. TechRepublic offers 10 guidelines to help you establish a professional remote work policy.

Preparing Your Workplace to Address Coronavirus: FAQs for Employers – The National Law Forum, Amy L. Bess and Kathryn A. Rosenbaum of Vedder Price

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers – tips for successfully managing the challenges, supporting your workforce and maintaining a sense of belonging from Harvard Business Review.

COVID-19 Has My Teams Working Remotely: A Guide for Leaders – Gallup Workforce says that individualization, expectations, and communication are key for remote workers and that managers need their leaders’ support more than ever during this time.

How to Create Belonging for Remote Workers – MIT Sloan Management Review: There are practical steps managers and colleagues can take to make their remote employees feel valuable and ingrained in company culture.

Managing remote employees without micromanaging: 7 do’s and don’ts – Insperity offers tips for maintaining relationships, communicating effectively and managing productivity.

4 ways to manage remote workers when you don’t know how long they’ll be working from home

6 Tips For Managing Remote Employees: How To Maintain Productivity And Engagement

The Coronavirus Is Creating a Huge, Stressful Experiment in Working From Home – Even before the pandemic struck, remote work was accelerating in the U.S. But the next few months will be a very strange test of our white-collar future.

Telecommuting Tool Kit: Trends, success factors, legal issues & more – See our prior HR Web Cafe post on telecommuting.

Working from home

8 Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You – Never before have workers telecommuted on such a broad scale. Millions of people are trying to work from home — if they can, of course. NPR’s Life Kit wants to help make working from home work for you, especially if you’re doing so for the first time.

Coronavirus: Best Practices for a Work From Home – AmTrust Financial offers advice on best practices when creating a work from home program, establishing a work from home policy, evaluating work-from-home risks and home safety tips.

How to Set Up a Home Workstation to Avoid Muscle Strain, Headaches, and Sore Eyes – If the coronavirus outbreak is forcing you to work from home, follow CR’s advice for your home office, kitchen, or bedroom

How to Stay Sane When Working From Home With Kids – Wirecutter offers tips and gear to improve your productivity and sanity while juggling work and family.

Working From Home Because of COVID-19? These Tech Ideas Can Make It Easier – Consumer Reports offers an array of tech tools to help you be productive when working from home, including some that are free.

Tech security for remote workers

Remote Workers and Cybersecurity Risk – AmTrust Financial. While remote work can be a great solution in many circumstances, it is particularly important in the era of the coronavirus. But it’s important to be aware of the associate cyber risks and take steps to prevent probelms.

How to Avoid Coronavirus Phishing Scams – Watch out for a surge in emails from cybercriminals pitching COVID-19 health information and fake cures

Phishing in the Time of COVID-19: How to Recognize Malicious Coronavirus Phishing Scams – good tips from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

 

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