While your workers continue to adjust to remote work, at Taylor & Francis we’ve been working hard to make that transition as easy as possible for our employees and customers 

We wanted to share some of our best tips and advice for ensuring successful research from home, offices and anywhere. 

1. Delivering Flexible Access

We’re here for you! As many workers have shifted to doing their jobs in unorthodox circumstances and locations, we recognize that flexible access to research is key 

At Taylor & Francis we know first-hand how challenging it is to adapt your workstyle. With offices and teams all over the world, flexibility is key to our success, and how you can also succeed.  

There are plenty of guides, models and advice out there to make the most of remote working, one popular model is the McKinsey 7-S Model. This model outlines 3 hard elements (Strategy, Structures, and Systems) and 4 soft elements (Shared Values, Skills, Style, and Staff), and outlines how all 7 of these elements rely on each other, and how a change in one affects change in the othersBy using this model organizations can prepare themselves for future flexibility and agility. 

To break it down further, let’s look at each individual element: 

  • Strategy: your organization’s top-level plan and how you achieve the goal 
  • Structure: how your company is organized, including departmental structure and who reports to whom
  • Systems: your daily activities and procedures used to achieve your goal 
  • Shared Values: the core values from corporate culture to general work ethic 
  • Staff: the employees, staff, and their general skills and capabilities
  • Style: how leadership leads 
  • Skills: the specific skill sets and competencies of the staff 

If we place Shared Values in the center of the model, we can see that values are central to the success of the other elements. This model shows that all 7 elements must balance and reinforce each other for an organization to succeed.  

Using this model, you can also identify which elements should be revised or realigned to improve performance. This can include restructuring, new processes, new systems, a change of leadership, or change of workstyle – something we can all relate to after the pandemic.  

To read more about the McKinsey 7-S Model and how you can apply it to your organization, read on:

2. Supporting your Authors & Researchers

We want our research to be as accessible as possible, which is why we have implemented new developments on our platform in line with the Four Principles of Accessibility, put forward by WCAG 2.1: Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust.  

For our readers, these ensure that our platform works for those using screen readers, and introduces integrated website functionality, meaning you don’t need a mouse to navigate our website.  

For our authors, we provide editing services for papers which is particularly useful to those for whom English is not a native language.  

Accessibility means that together we can deliver content to whoever, wherever and whenever people in your organization need access to it. Stay tuned for a future content drop on making content accessible and discoverable to everyone. 

Learn more about our accessibility options here.

3. Setting you up for a Digital Future

Let’s face it – the future is digital. At Taylor & Francis, we focus on preparing librarians for a digital-first future. Our aim is to simplify research and give your users access to information quickly and easily, wherever they are 

A digital future looks different for every organization but there are steps you can take to be preparedTo do this consider the 3 main points Harvard Business Review presents supported by research published with us: 

  • Culture – Many organizations agree that digital transformation requires the right culture, but over 60% of them say that culture is their greatest challenge. At Taylor & Francis, we strive to align our goals with a nimble and collaborative working strategy. How do you think your organization is doing? 
  • Process – While most organizations agree that agile working and quick adaptation of new ideas is beneficial, only ~40% of organizations think they have successfully managed this transition. We support this by promoting open and transparent communication, working with and supporting entrepreneurial leaders and authors, and by investing in training our teams to thrive in a digital workplace.
  • Technology – Many organizations agree that the absence of clear business goals prevents them from getting the most out of their technological investments.  Communicating a vision across an organization can powerfully impact how a business operates as a whole. How can your organization approach this and get the most out of your technology? 

Our 6 practices of digitally mature organizations are covered in this infographic:

Managing your digital transformation

4. The Future is Green

Finally, 2020 has shown us that as well as decentralized working practices the future needs to address green challenges. Did you know all our physical journals are shipped using eco-friendly packaging, and all our journals are recyclable? Additionally, all our research can be accessed digitally for an eco-friendlier research experience. Learn more about how we can support your green goals here.  

Going digital can help many organizations reduce their environmental footprints. When your workplace is partially or fully digital you help the environment by: 

  • Reducing air pollution from commuting
  • Using less paper - each tree saved from paper consumption removes up to 15 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. 
  • Dietary changes – when you work from home part- or full-time your diet can change, and the result can mean a smaller economic footprint. 
  • Reducing power consumption – when employees are not in the office full-time, they use less energy, saving their organization money on power bills. 
  • Using less plastic – from your office K-Cups to plastic cutlery in meetings, these plastics add up.

Read more about how flexible or remote working can positively impact the environment here:

Further Reading

This article investigates the status and the future evolution of the workplace within the COVID-19 pandemic context. By analyzing documents, publications, and surveys from numerous sources, the authors identified patterns in the evolution of the workplace and how companies have continued to adapt. Read the article here.

This article focuses on how employers and employees have sought out alternative work arrangements, particularly in fast-paced metropolitan areas. The authors analyzed how well remote working works and how it might influence future policies and workplace structures. Read the article here.

This article examines the increasing use of the home as a workplace and how it is significant for housing studies. This article considers housing demand, as well as the boundaries between public and private spaces, and gender perspectives on the division of work and space. Read the article here.

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