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5 tech tips to enable businesses in Africa work from home

ṣabā il kẖayr That's 'good morning' in ArabicCOVID-19 is forcing businesses to allow their employees
5 tech tips to enable businesses in Africa work from home
By get.Africa Weekly • Issue #11 • View online
ṣabā il kẖayr
That’s ‘good morning’ in Arabic
COVID-19 is forcing businesses to allow their employees to work from home, many of them for the very first time.
In Corporate Africa, business executives have been flooding staff and customer email boxes with their COVID-19 responses and freshly-minted work from home protocols.
But WFH didn’t have many believers before the pandemic; it’s almost as if, for business leaders, hidden in the fine print was:
Don’t try this at home, Africa, results may vary.
If there’s a silver lining in the COVID-19 cloud, it’s that it’s almost certainly going to bring a sea change in work culture.
Working from home isn’t just a fancy concept invented by 'entitled’ millennials, it’s actually a profit and productivity issue.
If executed properly, WFH should enable employers to save money on rental space and electricity bills, it will also allow employees to save time and energy commuting to and from the office. This could be hugely significant for worker productivity especially in traffic-ridden, expensive-to-live-in cities like Cairo, Johannesburg and Lagos.
That said, not every job role is suited for telecommuting and companies must decide which employees can and cannot work from home. Secondly, there are challenges peculiar to the continent that complicate a telecommuting policy, challenges such as uneven and unpredictable power supply and low broadband penetration.
Blunting the effects of these challenges in their employees’ homes is out of the reach of most businesses but there are 5 technology considerations that could add value to most work from home strategies. Read more.

5 tech tips to enable businesses in Africa work from home
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