Finance and supply chain executives who suddenly find themselves in an unplanned work-from-home environment are either sinking or swimming based on one specific factor – and it’s not what you think.

From a personal productivity perspective, there are several best practices to deploy to ensure your environment is conducive to working from home. Having a dedicated office space, an ergonomically suitable desk arrangement, up-to-date computers or laptops, good phone coverage, and connectivity through WIFI is critical. But that isn’t the make-it-or-break-it factor.   

From a staff management perspective, you can keep your team productive by a clear set of work-from-home objectives, normal work schedules, effective communication, technology solutions, and opportunities to provide social and emotional support in addition to work guidance. But, alas, none of these are the critical success factors either.

What’s the Answer?

Inaccurate databases or reliance on spreadsheets are limiting enough when you’re in a business space, but they are even more crippling when you are isolated at home. For finance and supply chain professionals who manage a universe of critical infrastructure, parts, equipment, and assets that support their businesses, having visibility of that virtual universe is the correct sink-or-swim factor. The people who can swim like Michael Phelps have visibility, insight, and control of their assets from end to end, with real-time, accurate data to pull from – fed from an effective field data collection solution and integrated with their critical business systems. This means they can master their supply chains and assets from home, a remote cabin, a hotel room, or any other place with a WIFI connection.  

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