Using Your Website to Work From Home

Since March, many people have had to make the tough transition to working remotely. Eight months later, some people have gone back to in-office work, but many companies have realized that remote work needs to be the new normal for their staff. Given this new reality companies and mangers are thinking about ways to make this transition work long-term 

One thing you can do to help make the move to working from home easier on your staff is update your website. There are so many features and functions that can be added to your website so that your staff can continue doing business effectively from the safety of their homes. Below are details about website features the team at MIBS, Inc. have found the most helpful for remote organizations.  

Stay Secure:  

Permission Levels: 

A good CMS platform will give you the ability to assign staff member user accounts to groups with different levels of permissions, access, and authority. This helps prevent too many people having access to certain areas of the website.  

Remote Login & Update: 

With a secure, web-based CMS site, administrators have the ability to access the website dashboard from any internet connected device so employees can work remotely.

Intranet Portal: 

Non-public resources and information can be securely secluded on the site using an intranet portal requiring login credentials for access.  

Extranet/Password Protected Pages: 

Password protected pages can be added to the website. These pages can be made available to a specific group of individuals like employees in order to provide access to secure content. 

Do Business: 

Online Forms:  

Most Content Management Systems (CMS) include a function that will allow you to create and edit user-friendly forms for use across your website. This way paper forms that are normally mailed to the office can be filled out and sent to your staff via the website.  

ePayment/eCommerce Integration: 

Ecommerce functions allows people to buy and pay for products via the website.   

Job Application Management: 

Using the right CMS platforms, website administrators can create custom online job applications and email templates to send customized notifications to applicants. 

Document Library: 

A document library archive for specified categories of documents with available filtering and search capabilities helps your staff stay organized and informed.  

Inform Your Audience:  

With staff no longer in the office it is harder to field phone calls and answer questions. Your website is a great tool for keeping your audience informed. Adding a few simple features can make your website the center of communication for your organization. 

FAQ Module: 

This is an excellent tool for helping your audience find answers to their questions while reducing phone calls for your staff. Also, it is searchable and allows for anchoring from other web pages to specific answers. 

News Module: 

This allows website administrators to post press releases, feature stories and “what’s new” content. News posts can be archived and scheduled to publish on a specific date and time. News postings can also be searchable and organized by categories and tags. And they can include any number of files, links, widgets, etc. 

Social Media Integration:  

With social media integration, you can include social media links, icons and feeds and more. Popular social media integrations include Facebook feeds, Instagram feeds, and Twitter feeds.   

Emergency Notifications: 

Emergency alert notifications can be enabled and disabled on the website quickly and remotely. They can also link to critical on-site information or external web links providing additional or related information. These notifications can take the form of a pop-up box, banner, or web page. For more information check out our blog on how to use your website to maintain profitability during COVID 19 

For help updating your website contact MIBS, Inc. today.