STATEWIDE – If you had a choice to go back to work or continue at home, what would you do?
That seems to be the million-dollar question for business leaders trying to get their employees back in the swing of things.
On Thursday, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Educate Maine hosted a free webinar focusing on a new work from home model.
Several guests got a chance to speak, including Systems Engineering President and CEO Matt McGrath, UNUM AVP of Global Well Being & Health Management Laurie Mitchell, and Live and Work in ME Executive Director Nate Wildes.
Each business leader shared experiences and strategies their companies have used since sending everyone to work remotely and how to accommodate the changes businesses will be going through.
“For all of us, particularly in Maine, the future in our success in business is it requires agility and resiliency it just does. Doing business the way we’ve done business the last 100 years is not going to get it done,” said McGrath.
“I’m a glass half full kind of guy and as a society we can learn so much from the opportunity we have in front of us,” he said.
“This is the time, in my opinion, to do everything you can to make your employees comfortable. They will remember how they were treated and how they were valued and this is a great opportunity to have your actions reflect on how you feel about your employees,” said McGrath.
Each presenter has a unique way of how their business has dealt with COVID-19, keeping everyone at home, focusing on different parts of the process.
Laurie Mitchell said her company conducted surveys to find out their employees feelings toward coming back to work in the office.
“Actually a good number of our employees said that they were more productive at home. They had fewer distractions. They were able to make decisions faster and they had better idea generation.”
Mitchell said this was one of the best survey responses they had seen and depending upon the company there are many ways to accommodate the health and well being of employees.
Now another future endeavor is continuing to bring future employees from out of state, Live and Work in ME has a very informative site for questions people might have on working remotely.
“As we’re out there engaging folks who are interested in Maine in some way, shape or form, if remote working works for them, we want to make sure they have a starting place to understand that it’s something to learn more about,” Wides said.
For more information and to view a recording of the webinar, check out the Maine State Commerce website.