What have been your top challenges in supporting a new remote workforce?

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Principal Information Security Officer in Education, 10,001+ employees
Provisioning employees at home who didn’t have laptops or had much older and less equipped computers at home (no camera, microphone) for Zoom meetings, Teams calls and online training courses. Or didn’t have reliable high speed Internet at home. Or were relying on using just their smart phone and cellular for their Internet connection...
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Director of IT in Education, 5,001 - 10,000 employees

I can see, those are serious challenges.

CTO in Software, 10,001+ employees
Burnout. People are working longer and a leaders challenge is to have people work smarter not harder in this times
Information Security VP, Information Technology in Retail, 10,001+ employees
License capacity and home internet connections.
vCIO, Infrastructure Architect, Manager in Services (non-Government), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Industry Compliance, dealing with PCI for a remote workforce is tricky. Your old polices and procedures will not work, and you must adapt.
CIO in Travel and Hospitality, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Home internet connection as well as keeping the team together despite not seeing each other face to face for a longer period of time
Enterprise Interaction Architect in Hardware, 10,001+ employees
People who don't have a home office, or any sort of workable environment.
General Partner in Software, 2 - 10 employees
Written communication becomes more important and some need support there. As I believe remote work part of our lives, workforce needs to get more effective in written communication. Amazon has a good model here.
Manager in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees
For a new remote workspace workforce, my top challenges have been:
1. Overcoming communication barriers: Being successful in a distributed team requires different communication techniques compared to a traditional office. Working remotely means dealing with time differences, different work habits, and more difficulty initiating meaningful conversations. 

2. Building relationships and trust: With no physical contact, it can be difficult to build relationships. This can often lead to a lack of trust among team members and makes it more difficult to effectively collaborate on projects.

3. Maintaining productivity: It’s important to ensure team members stay productive and motivated when working from home. This is accomplished through setting clear expectations and goals, as well as providing the right tools and resources to help employees stay focused and productive. 

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