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I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

The Economist Intelligence Unit has been keeping track of the global vaccine rollout and at what point it is expected for countries to reach a 60-70% population vaccination.

The EIU’s latest vaccine rollout forecasts

This data is important as it is an indicator of when country restrictions and their associated disruption will likely end.

For South Africa this is projected to be mid-2022

How prepared are you for continued disruption until then? If you are a knowledge based business, have you made your remote work arrangements more sustainable for the long term?

Forced, temporary remote working is very different to planned and carefully designed work-from-anywhere. Now the unplanned, forced remote working is beginning to show some major cracks and it’s starting to impact productivity.

If as a leadership team, you don’t hit the pause button, understand clearly what your challenges are at present and how the established remote work best practices can help you solve these challenges (eg moving from synchronous to asynchronous working) then the next year is going to be really tough.

Remember you don’t have to reinvent the remote working wheel. That work was done years prior to the pandemic. Just reach out to those who can help you understand what the remote working operating system best practices are and how to apply them.

Help is available.