Remote working challenges and solutions: Insights from SMEs in Bangladesh during the COVID-19 pandemic

Islam, Md Asadul, Igwe, Paul Agu, Rahman, Mahfuzur and Saif, Abu Naser Mohammad (2020) Remote working challenges and solutions: Insights from SMEs in Bangladesh during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Quality and Innovation . ISSN 1756-6975

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Abstract

The impact of global COVID-19 pandemic, both in health and economic terms is becoming clearer. This article critically explores the challenges in implementing remote working practices in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Bangladesh. Based on the qualitative approach, interviewing 14 participants from SME owners, consultants, government officials and professors, we found several challenges such as financial constraints, bureaucracy, lack of knowledge and interest, communication problem, high employee turnover and difficulty to find trustworthy employee implementing remote working practices. The study also advanced some solutions such as convincing the benefits of remote working practices, government rules, financial incentives, training and IT courses and remote (online) classes in universities in implementing remote working practices in the SMEs not only during COVID-19 pandemic but also for the long-term. These have several implications regarding SMEs performances and workers benefits.

Keywords:Remote working practices, COVID-19 Pandemic, Business challenges & solutions, SMEs, Bangladesh
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N600 Human Resource Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N120 International Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:42070
Deposited On:14 Aug 2020 08:54

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