In our modern society, characterized by a huge gap between the professional and private/family life, the issue of balance between these completely separate segments is turning into a pressing matter. Trends such as aging of the workforce on the global level, an enormous and ruthless competition, a decision made by the contemporary population to put work in the second place, have made this problem even more relevant (Friedman, Greenhaus, 2000).

Modern organization and balancing work and family life

Modern business realities show that the traditional workplace is a matter of the past. There are virtually no more employees who think in the “Weberian” mode. 

The situation in their environment has changed the way people approach their work and earn their livelihood. 

Firstly, technology is developing faster now – individuals have the most sophisticated software at their disposal; they become members of social networks et al. 

Then, there is an increasing number of households with several sources of income – the traditional role of women as family members exclusively in charge of a household has changed completely.

 The diverse needs of the employees belonging to different age groups become more manifest; for example, employees who are less than 35 years old prefer flexible work hours.

How to organize manufacturing form home

From the manufacturing perspective, few workplaces can be handled remotely. All of these are the process that are more information-oriented then material manipulation oriented. There are management, decision making and spectating process that can be handled from remote locations e.g:

  1. Procurement
  2. Reporting
  3. Sales

Procurement

From Daily supplier management to price and deadline check, these all procurement process that we do remotely. Handle your supply/demand and make critical decisions from home or office.

Here is the set of tools needed to handle your purchasing from any place.

  • Supply chain automation
  • Procurement management
  • Supplier handling (terms, prices, deadlines)
  • Priority management

Reporting-Critical reporting

To get things connected and under control, every manager needs a complete overview of its business, and better when that control can be done remotely. 

When we analyze data we can divide the process into two main branches:

  • Deep data analysis with insights
    • Deep data is a tedious process where you need to go through different reports trying to find underlying trends that can have positive or negative outcomes for your business. Trendy words are big data, business intelligence, 360 overview.
  • Spectating 
    • Spectating your business means that you have the right means to stay connected 24/7 with all critical processes in your company.
    • You need a fast, straight forward way to KNOW 
    • We use a simple as it can be UI/UX: Snippets, KPIs and simple text displaying to bring all critical info to the palm of your hand or Remote Work Place.

Here are some of the reports that are served and updated instantly focused on removing bottlenecks in your business.

  • Expiration date handling
  • Lot tracking
  • Aged SO
  • Aged PO
  • Minimal QTY
  • WO awaiting QTY

Sales

Since sales are target driven, issues around motivation and productivity would seem irrelevant – sales professionals either hit a target or don’t, irrespective of where they work. 

That means it’s easy to measure whether remote working is delivering results. If you or a member of your sales team are not disciplined and focused in a home office environment, that will soon be reflected in your reporting.

One way or another in SALES you will soon find out is it working in your company. You can mix standard and remote sales in the team and learn how to be more productive remotely.

Also, there are sales branches directly tied up with filed sale so it is necessary to have the right tools to support them.

Here is the list of some most used sales option in ERPAG, from the “Work Remotely” perspective:

  • SO Estimates (Standard, BOM based, Kit Based, Mixed)
  • Remote charging (Stripe integration)
  • eCommerce integration (sync your sales from anywhere)
  • Target checking
  • Service rendering (Clock in-out on different services and work operations done on the filed)

Also, there is a CUSTOMER PORTAL as a built-in ERPAG module that enables your customers to speed up the ordering process and just for little lesser dow pressure on your sales team.

And standard sentence for the end: as technology and communication progress remote work will be more productive and combined with classical methods can bring a boost in productivity.

One thing to have on mind is -technology is there to enable new ways, but it is on us to learn how to implement one in our organization.

Start on time, and go step by step-learn and implement simple operations, then move to more complex business operations. 

Learn, so you can be ready.