More and more companies are embracing the remote workplace, or at least allowing employees to work from home a few days a week. Research shows remote workers are actually more productive than those who work in an office, as well as happier and more engaged. While working from home provides many benefits for employees, it can bring difficulties for those who manage them.
Work With People You Can Trust
Allowing your employees to work from home requires a lot of trust, so hiring the right remote workers is crucial. Hire slowly and fire quickly. A manager should have some communication with remote workers and provide guidance on important tasks, but they also must trust their workers to finish their daily tasks on their own. If you don’t trust an employee or have doubts that they are actually working during the hours they say they are, then they are not a good fit for your team. If you find yourself worrying about your employees rather than focusing on your own tasks, your business will not be successful.
Digital Workplace For Communication
One of the negatives or managing remote workers is that the chance of miscommunication is higher, as it is much easier to communicate with someone face to face. While you can use video chat to talk with your workers, you don’t have the time to check in and explain things via video constantly. Instead, a digital workplace is the best way to help your team communicate and collaborate from different locations. Many products enable workers to share documents securely, and task management sites allow managers to see an up-to-date checklist of every task their employees complete.
You should trust that your employees are completing their work. Make sure they have specific goals. You should hold them accountable for their goals. Supervise them and check their work. Managers should meet with workers in person, or video chat if the employee lives far away, at least once a week. Remote workers can feel as though they are unsupervised when they work remotely, stay in touch to make sure they feel part of the team.
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