A new advice guide has been launched today to help businesses and workers embrace smarter working practices. The Dublin Chamber Smarter Working Guide, compiled by the business group in consultation with dozens of companies already embracing smarter work practices, provides a step-by-step guide to help overcome many of the barriers and issues typically that may arise with home and remote working.
The Chamber said the guide will provide useful guidance for firms – particularly small firms – trying to adapt to smarter working practices as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. The guide also shows how flexible working can be part of their business into the future.
Topics covered in the Dublin Chamber Smarter Working Guide include:
The need to set clear key performance indicators; advice on working hours
How to get buy in from management
The rules around contacting employees out of hours
Flexi-time and job-sharing
The guide also contains information on workplace flexibility options, steps for implementation, and potential pitfalls. The guide includes case studies from a number of large and small companies, including Ervia and Emovis, offering practical and easily deployable examples of how smarter working can and does work for firms.
Dublin Chamber said many companies had been looking at smarter working practices a medium to long term goal. However, Covid-19 has required many organisations to act more immediately as they seek to ensure as close to ‘business as usual’ as they possibly can.
Launching the guide, CEO of Dublin Chamber, Mary Rose Burke said, "We’ve been working on the Smarter Working Guide for the past few months. It’s timely release should help businesses in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak. Through member feedback we recognised that smarter working, in all its forms, will be an essential part of the modern world of work."
She added, "However, some businesses highlighted the need for a simple guide that they can easily execute. We hope that this will provide help to lots of companies at this very difficult time for them and their staff."