Virtualized communication isn’t anything new, but with the changes we’ve been experiencing, industries across the Philippines and the world saw not just a rise in usage but also heightened appreciation over softwares and apps that allowed people to reach one another regardless of where they are. This pushed companies to invest bigger and wiser in terms of the technologies they install in their workspaces to maximize employee productivity and business success. 

The Philippine Computer Society (PCS), the longest existing professional association of computing and information technology professionals in the country, recognized this need right away. Partnering with Globe Business in 2020, PCS has been able to benefit from utilizing the video communications program, Zoom, as a means to communicate with its members anytime anywhere online. 

Shifting From Physical to Online Events With Zoom 

“Globe Business and Zoom came to PCS at a challenging time,” said Mr. Titus Manuel, Board of Trustee In-Charge of PCS. “Our traditional bread and butter of live events for members and partners came to a sudden halt. COVID-19 and lockdowns disrupted our business operations, with no public meetings and people working from home. Globe Business and Zoom gave us an opportunity.” 

Empowered by Globe Business, PCS utilizes Zoom Cloud Meetings, which offers free and professional plans to any company. With the free plan, 100 concurrent participants are allowed 40-minute video conferences. The pro account (an add-on feature), which PCS has been sponsored with, can hold up to 500 participants with unlimited time duration. 

Digitization Paving The Way to New Normal Conferences 

“With the sponsorship and technical assistance, PCS-V was born. V for Virtual, our new platform,” added Mr. Manuel. “It worked like magic. Not only did it put us back in business, but it also made our long-time dream of nationwide meetings possible, even reaching outside the country with attendees from the Middle East, Australia, and USA.” 

Aside from global meetings, town hall forums, and team huddles, PCS has indeed maximized their partnership with Globe Business. Over the past year, they have also been able to invite their members to take part in online learning sessions, such as in Tech Advancement and Data Privacy, and programs such as Virtual Tech Talks, where Mr. Bradley Pineda, Finance Industry Manager of Globe Business MSME Group, co-presented an Executive Briefing on Information Security. 

Globe Business is Your Partner – Not Just a Solutions Provider 

“At the time we needed someone, Globe Business was there. It did not only provide us with Zoom accounts but also with technical speakers that added value to our programs,” Mr. Manuel said. “Today we are venturing into Professional Certification for Information Security, Non-Technical Skills for IT Professional (EQinIT), all with some form of technical and marketing assistance from Globe Business.” 

Online communication across organizations and locations has never been this easy. With Globe Business, companies and businesses no longer need to look far for dependable ways to do such. With the features of Zoom Pro, they can enjoy seamless virtual meetings, events, and programs, surpassing geographical boundaries in this pandemic. Strengthening organizations by connecting people is not only made more possible, but also more fruitful.

Save up to Php 15,000 per month with our new Direct Internet and Zoom bundle! Visit this link to enjoy uninterrupted virtual meetings for you and your team. 

The blended workforce of the future is here. With changing protocols, health and safety concerns, and COVID-19 vaccine rollouts affecting offices around the globe, many have embraced a mix of remote and in-office work so that businesses can continue without a hitch. The pandemic has eradicated apprehensions about this kind of employee management approach, making companies realize that overseeing their people is possible even when physically apart.

With the goal of making the blended work setup transition as smooth, fast, and practical for all, businesses are on the lookout for the best tools and equipment for their employees. 

Globe Business is just as invested in helping address productivity and privacy issues in hybrid work conditions, giving options and strategies for employers to allow their team to mix their remote work and in-office times. To help business owners, here is a checklist to ensure that the necessary preparations are in place.

1. Safety protocols

Vaccination programs are on the rollout in several workplaces, helping ensure the health safety of the employees in blended setups. To strengthen these precautions, it is important to install policies requiring the wearing of face masks at all times, proper social distancing, and sanitization. Hygiene supplies, medicine, and first-aid assistance must also be made available to help employees feel secure in returning to the physical space.

Pro-Tip: Make use of Google or Microsoft Forms to survey your team on health statuses, vaccination updates, and other health and safety needs you can address. Learn more about Google Workplace and Microsoft 365’s tools like Forms here.

2. Overall health preparedness

This pandemic has taken major tolls on people’s health everywhere. Employers offering the hybrid work option to their employees must make sure they have the proper processes in briefing and helping their employees undergo necessary adjustments when it comes to being in the office once again. Some may need physical and mental health assistance, while others might seek emotional or even spiritual guidance. Therefore, having platforms or mechanisms in which employees can get help with ease would be beneficial not only to them but for the success of the company itself.

Pro-Tip: Get your employees KonsultaMD. The 24/7 medical hotline services reduces face-to-face visits and keeps your people safe for as low as one peso a day with unlimited medical advice. Learn more about KonsultaMD here.

3. Workspace design and employee scheduling

A few businesses tend to overlook this seemingly trivial detail, but reorganizing the office is also crucial in preparing for the blended workforce. Employers need to make sure the traffic flow is spacious and safe enough for employees to move around in, avoiding unnecessary interactions that may lead to possible COVID-19 contact or spread. At the same time, determining every employee’s report days and log hours should also be a priority, for both productivity and safety purposes.

Pro-Tip: According to this Vicus Partners,  work areas should be physically distanced with one meter apart. Keep an open floor plan with proper ventilation, imposing guidelines on personal hygiene and office cleanliness among others. We also share more tips in this article.

4. Communication and connection

Employees that have been in work-at-home setups in the last 15 months may have a difficult time bouncing back into social situations at work. Alongside physical design and mental and emotional support, creating ways to sustain interaction and rebuild work culture is still key. Communicating and exchanging ideas in engaging approaches help boost performance, and the sense of belongingness to a community contributes to a more dynamic and efficient work system. With that, digital tools that seamlessly connect the in-office and remote employees continue to be crucial in hybrid setups.

Pro-Tip: Team-building doesn’t have to be face-to-face. With the use of video conferencing apps like Zoom, you can host fun activities like quiz nights, cooking classes, and more.

5. Relevant tools and tech

Hybrid work structures are better managed with the right tools and technology that keep employees connected, collaborative, and productive. Globe Business’ different mobile and connectivity plans can answer your needs as you transition your teams. You can also get GCash credits when you avail any of these offers!

Equipping both owners and employees with the necessary information and tools in this switch to blended workforce is a must. With Globe Business, they have access to these needs and more, helping them achieve a stronger and greater advantage in today’s fast-paced times and demands.

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