Remote work certainly has its perks, but for many of us it also has its challenges. In this blog series, we’ll focus on the home office, discussing ways to adapt, and conquer—both as an employer and an employee. This is post 16 of the series. You can follow the rest of the series and read our past posts here.
For employers today, managing your workforce has become increasingly challenging as many offices move to some form of remote working. This is a major shift for businesses, many of whom often rely on that face-to-face interaction with staff to ensure productivity and positive results.
While you and your employees may be struggling to adapt to a “new normal,” keep in mind that it is possible to navigate. Here are four of the most common challenges of managing remote employees and how you can overcome them:
Most employers share one major concern about remote working: Can I trust my employees to do their job from home? While the concern is understandable, employers may be shocked to learn that this is largely unfounded. In fact, a 2-year Stanford study found that productivity actually increases when employees work from home.
Consider the factors: employees no longer need to spend time commuting to the office, meeting and chatting with colleagues throughout the day, and getting distracted by their office environment. This allows for more uninterrupted time to simply do their work.
With this understanding, employers should lead with trust; assume that your employees are working their hardest to be productive on the clock, and address issues from there. To establish guidelines for accountability and track progress, consider the following ideas:
There is no doubt that company culture can suffer under a work from home policy. Regardless of how much time it may take up when employees chat with each other at the office, that communication and camaraderie is important, and it can affect your employees’ morale.
However, this doesn’t mean that your company culture is doomed without an office space. There are still ways in which you can help your staff create stronger bonds with each other from the comfort of their own homes. These two tools are top strategies from employers today:
One of the biggest challenges of working from home is that the line between work and home can get blurred for some employees. This is particularly true for working parents who may even have children at home during the day. While employers may struggle with how to handle conflicting responsibilities, once again, it is important to start with trust.
When your employees may have a lot going on at home, it is important that you work together to find a solution and move forward. As an employer, ensure that you’re approaching the situation with:
Even if you and your team are thriving in a work from home environment, the idea of hiring new staff remotely may be intimidating. However, keep in mind that remote work is hardly new, and technology today can make up for a lot. When you’re hiring and training in a remote environment, consider these two techniques to ensure success:
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