In some areas of the planet, people are slowly being called back to the workplace to do in-person work. In other areas staff are still working from home virtually. For those areas where in-person work is starting, a new type of work environment has evolved that has been termed a hybrid workplace where people will work in the office for some part of their week, work virtually for some part of their week and perhaps even have flexible schedules for some part of their week. This kind of environment would have been considered quite radical only 18 months ago but not so much today.
Many organizations shifted their on-premise corporate systems such as timesheets to a more online environment when the pandemic first ordered shutdowns. Other organizations made longer term plans for shifting to cloud-based software as a service but on a slower, more managed pace. Here at HMS we have been busy since March of 2020 working extensively with both new and existing clients on shifting on-premise timesheet systems to our own TimeControl Online subscription service in the cloud. That work continues.
As workers start to shift to on-premise work, there will be a natural blend of some people doing some work in the office, some people doing some work from home, some people doing all work from home. Not everyone will shift simultaneously even within one organization.
There are other complications to getting everyone back to work as well. During this time, some organizations have extended their offshore working teams. After, all, if we’re all virtual anyway, what difference does it make if someone is at home down the road or at home on the other side of the world? Now, as some workers shift back to on-premise work, these new offshore workers will have to be blended into shifting HR policies.
All of this may feel very disruptive to people as the routines they and their families have gotten used to are changed.
One thing that has been a stable force for the TimeControl Online clients is knowing that no matter where you are located, accessing your timesheet to report the work you’ve accomplished and, to report your presence or absence is a given. The TimeControl Online subscription service in the cloud can be accessed from anywhere there is Internet via a web browser or a mobile device (Android or iOS).
We expect in the coming weeks that many of our clients will use TimeControl’s flexibility to add a field to the timesheet asking the employee to record where they were for the line item listed. Did that work occur at the office, at home or, elsewhere? It’s a change that takes only minutes and it will give the organization insight into where people are when they’re getting their jobs done.
Here at HMS we’re still all working remotely and will be for the next few months at least. But, once we’re able to gather in person again, we’ll almost certainly start to do so in a phased-in approach with a blended at home/at work policy. We’ll let you know, right here on the blog, when that happens.
For more information on TimeControlOnline, visit: https://www.timecontrol.com/features/timecontrol-online.