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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.

In his address to the nation last night the President said the following when discussing the loosening up of our lockdown measures:

“Businesses will be encouraged to adopt a work-from-home strategy where possible. All staff who can work remotely must be allowed to do so.”

As I have mentioned previously, this crisis should be a *real* incentive for leadership teams to do the work needed around designing workplaces that can allow for continued remote working. There are so many benefits that lie on the other side of this work:

* Healthier staff
* Productive staff
* Happier, engaged staff
* Retention of top talent
* Access to larger talent pools
* No soul destroying commutes
* Less need for expensive office space

The list goes on.

But what does the work entail to unlock all this?

> A leadership team that has the skill to manage a remote workforce and that models the behaviour and culture that underpins a highly efficient remote team.
> Ensuring that the entire team’s virtual work skills (aka digital literacy) is at the required level to work effectively in a digital workplace.
> Ensuring the right technology is in place to allow work to flow seamlessly.

Help IS available to do all the above!