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Mobile Workforce Roundup: Recent Must-Read Posts From Fellow Community Members

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Greetings Mobile Workforce members!

As the pandemic persists, utilities continue to grapple with its effect on how work gets done. One ongoing issue getting a lot of attention is maintaining a remote workforce. Your fellow community members have written about various aspects of this challenge, such as making good remote work policies, supporting parents working from home, and preparing for the possibility of remote workers losing their power. Click through using the links below to read about these and other interesting topics. And remember, your comments are always welcome. 

Happy reading from Energy Central Community Manager Karen Marcus.

It’s Time for Utility Workers’ Mobile Devices to Be as Smart as the Grid

By Gary Lee, posted on June 24

While mobile devices are critical to the work of utility field personnel, the repair costs associated with them is very high. In this piece, Gary points out that, by using methods similar to those deployed for grid equipment repair, utilities could more quickly and inexpensively perform mobile device repairs.

Field Workers Rise in Importance as Wildfire Season Meets Pandemic

By David Wagman, posted on June 24

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In this article, David observes that the coming wildfire season may cause trouble for employees working from home. Some of the companies those people work for and the utilities that serve them are taking proactive measures, including new service goals and resource centers, to mitigate the impact.

Shared Link: The 10 Rules Found in Every Good Remote Work Policy

By Rakesh Sharma, posted on June 23

As utilities continue to struggle with the need for employees to work remotely, Rakesh shares a TechRepublic article that spells out some guidelines to consider. They include creating parameters for working hours, finding ways to measure productivity, and taking steps to manage security.

Should Utilities Implement a Contact Tracing Program Post-Pandemic?

By Rakesh Sharma, posted on June 5

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Contact tracing can help with reopening efforts by identifying people who may have been in contact with those infected with COVID-19 and asking them to quarantine. Yet, some view the technology used to conduct contact tracing as invasive. Here, Rakesh explores the pros and cons for utilities.

Shared Link: The 5 Questions I’m Asking Parents to Support Them Through Remote Work

By Henry Craver, posted on June 3

In this shared link, Henry directs our attention to a Business Insider article written by an Opendoor manager about the questions she’s asking parents to help them through the pandemic. They include inquiring about how these employees are feeling and how they’re achieving work-life balance.

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