I’ve yet to experience an organization that sets its employees up for success quite the way the Army does. I remember how easy it was to follow the path laid out for me. I showed up at an 80s airport hotel that still smelled a little like cigarettes, and with the front desk person expecting me, I was handed a note from my recruiter telling me what time she’d be there in the morning and all the things I’d want to make sure I had. When she showed up the next morning, she had a packet with more instructions for when I arrived in St. Louis, my plane ticket, a biscuit and we hopped in her car headed for the airport.
After getting to what would be my home for the next few months, I was ushered like cattle through stations where I picked up uniforms, blankets, boots, and got a prophylactic shot of penicillin in my butt. There was a small shopping area to buy running shoes, huge white granny panty underwear and brown hair ties to match my hair color. The army even allowed several credit unions to be set up in the lobby where we were completing our employment paperwork and lawyers to help with life insurance questions.
Every question that could have possibly come up had an answer. I felt wholly taken care of so that when training started, I only had to worry about learning and mastering my role. As a nurse, this meant a lot of fake blood and gore. But, that’s a different story.
We’re all, whether in business or life, moving into an unknown set of circumstances. It seems working from home is the new normal for the foreseeable future. It's important for us all to set ourselves up for success, and if we can, lay out a clear path for our employees and make it easier for them to be productive.
With companies like Facebook and Twitter who have recently reported policy changes allowing employees the opportunity to work from home permanently, this trend requires a few logistical gifts as well as morale-boosting ones.
6. HMM Scissors. Elevating an office with a design piece that is actually a functional product like these scissors brings a little joy to a home office. Made of Japanese steel, these scissors cut through cardboard easily. They can be sharpened and will last forever.
7. Latico Leathers Tech Kit will help your team be prepared with all necessary tech accessories moving from room to room. Giving your team a way to be successful and organized will help them in their transition and to be productive in this uncertain time.