Electronic Signature Software Ideal in Working-From-Home Plans

Mary Ellen Power, May 8, 2014

Many businesses are beginning to embrace work-from-home strategies as they work to eliminate operational overhead and empower employees to get the job done as effectively as possible. A good WFH plan can help organizations avoid real estate costs associated with office expansion, eliminate overhead from having to support employees in the office and help workers balance their work and life priorities so they can get the job done more effectively and be happier in the process. 

While the benefits of working from home are substantial, such strategies can also create administrative challenges, particularly when it comes to corporate communication. Electronic signature software can pay dividends in this area, as the process technology enables organizations to establish secure, legally viable agreements that it can distribute electronically and mandate that workers fill them out. This strategy can be used for everything from HR forms to inter-departmental documents, ensuring important details are clearly communicated and recording that users have read and agreed to the policies.

Understand the importance of e-signatures in work from home plans

One of the most prominent issues associated with WFH strategies is keeping non-office employees connected to the workplace. For example, if a business is establishing a new overtime policy and needs every employee to sign off to ensure compliance, it will need to find a way to communicate procedures to each worker. Having meetings is not helpful because remote employees may not be able to get to the office and virtual gatherings can help when it comes to information distribution, but again, getting 100 percent attendance is difficult.

An e-signature creates a process that verifies somebody has performed necessary actions in terms of reading documents pertaining to an agreement, filling out corresponding forms and signing off. An e-signature captures each part of this process into a neat file that verifies somebody has performed all of the actions an organization deems necessary. This can make it much easier to ensure that key corporate messaging is disseminated throughout a company because different departments can keep full records of signatures and easily distribute new digital copies of documents as needed.

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Using e-signatures to fuel work from home plans

Digital processes are making remote work strategies more accessible all the time. Truly embracing WFH capabilities hinges on a company's capacity to move as many of its operations as possible to digital formats, and electronic signatures makes that possible when it comes to many human resources and internal documentation functions.