23 March 2020

Covid-19 and How to Work: Advice for Employers

As you are aware, the Coronavirus has hit South African shores. The country is in a “disaster” state, as the virus has extreme implications for those most vulnerable in our society. As business leaders and organizations, it is up to us to take responsibility. For many businesses, this means allowing those who can, to work from home in order to prevent further spread of the virus.

From Dr Christoforos Anagnostopoulos :

“Democracies deal with emergencies by relying on personal responsibility and voluntary behavioral change. Take this responsibility seriously. And demonstrate leadership. It is a common misconception that leadership lies with government only. This is not true. Leadership is everywhere. Every employer, every manager, every teacher, every public servant, every parent is a leader. Everyone who makes decisions on behalf of other people is a leader. Every handshake is a decision.”

In a matter of days, we’ve been propelled into the “future of work” with the need to quickly adopt remote working in order to allow people to socially isolate.

2020: The Future of Work is now HERE!

At Nomad Now, we’ve been preparing for the future of work since the end of 2016. We saw the need in the market for a platform which would allow the hiring of professionals in the context of the “future of work” and so we built Nomad Now: the first tech platform in South Africa enabling companies to hire all professional flexible or permanent talent online. This flexible talent can obviously work where, when and how they want. Nomad allows for the hiring of all professional talent without any person to person contact and allows a flexible workforce to work remotely.


The Future of Work at Nomad Now

Internally, our CEO works from Sydney for a few months of the year, and our Marketing Manager has been working from Europe for the last 5 months. We run our team on Slackand communicate each and every day: probably better than we do in the physical office! Not using Slack? This is a great communication tool enabling a “virtual office.” Take a look at it here.


The Future of Work for YOU, THE EMPLOYER

Useful Tech Tools:

We’ve compiled a list of useful tech tools which are designed to facilitate remote working. The existence of these tools means that the preparation for a remote workforce has been in place for years. This should be comforting to you (the employer) as the tools and help is out there! You are not alone in managing a virtual workforce. The tools have been created and now is your time to use them!

  • Slack: for creating a “virtual office”
  • Zoom: for video conferencing
  • InVision: for design collaboration
  • Jira: for developing software
  • Trello: for managing projects
  • Google Drive: to manage your files
  • Zapier: to automate your workflow


The Positive Stats – How Working Remotely Can Increase Productivity, and Help the Planet:

It’s not ALL bad news. What’s in it for the planet and for productivity in the long run?

  • The benefits for the planet:
    • If everyone with the ability and desire to work remotely did so just 50% of the time, the greenhouse gas reduction would be the equivalent of taking the entire New York State workforce permanently off the road, according to research by Global Workplace Analytics
    • Working from home for half the week could reduce emissions by 54 million tons per year according to Global Workforce Analytics
    • According to FlexJobs and Global Worklplace Analytics, If 3.9 million workers work from home at least half the time, then:
      • 7.8 billion vehicle miles would be saved
      • 530 million vehicle trips would be avoided
      • $980 million in Oil would be saved
  • The benefits for productivity
    • Remote workers work an average of 1.4 MORE days every month, or 16.8 more days every year (according to Airtasker who surveyed over 1000 people) 
    • Office workers reported being idle for 37 minutes a day, compared to remote workers who only cited 27 minutes of unproductive time (according to Airtasker who surveyed over 1000 people)
    • 77% of remote workers indicated productivity improved when working from home (according to CoSo Cloud)
    • 76% of professionals agreed that there were LESS Distractions OUTSIDE of the office (according to FlexJobs who surveyed 5 500 professionals) 
    • Employees are 52% LESS likely to require time off if they are able to work remotely (according to CoSo Cloud


Finally, we are here to HELP! We have been preparing for these working structures for some time and want to give you the best advice on how to thrive in turbulent and different conditions.

Do you have questions on how you can better manage your workforce during this time? Is now the time to build up your remote workforce – why not build it using Nomad Now? We are here to help – we know this is a difficult time, but we are confident that great insights and education on the “future of work” will arise from this! 

Created by: Claire Millward