Hi Felicity. We have been operating as an entirely remote team for nearly ten years so happy to share any tips or experiences. There are a TONNE of tools to support remote work, but what is key to success is trusting your team! And as other say making sure they switch off and look after themselves.
I would encourage the use of an ‘enterprise social network’ (ESN) such as Facebook’s Workplace or Yammer. Somewhere where people can communicate and you can build your company culture online. For us Workplace is our office. We have a staff engagement rate of 9.4/10 (“Overall how would you rate X as a place to work”). I love this because our “place” is not physical.
Whilst tools like Trello and Asana are great for communication around projects they really serve an email type function and rarely involve everyone as a team, in the same way an ESN can.
If you do use an ESN I would encourage a social group with some positive threads, such as sharing pics of pets, food, gardens or other. Whilst this may seem counterproductive to work, ‘sticky’ threads will help people adopt of a habit of engaging with the platform, ergo colleagues.
I’m not sure I can attach anything re: WHF but there are some great checklists online that are free that I would encourage your staff to complete and sign. These will ensure the office environment is safe, without trip hazards etc.