The remote workforce is a growing trend in the business world. With remote employees, companies can hire people with great skills and talent from all over the world, which allows them to have access to more qualified candidates than they would if they were hiring locally. This article addresses how to create an effective remote work environment to ensure that remote employees are well-equipped and productive without the need of being in a traditional office setting or location. To help you get started, we’ve compiled below a list of 13 suggestions.
By Lorimer Wilson, Managing Editor of munKNEE.com, Your KEY To Making Money!
Remote employers should:
1. Create guidelines for remote work hours
- While remote employees might be motivated to work longer hours, remote managers need to make it clear to what degree this is acceptable.
2. Give remote employees a sense of independence
- Give their remote team members a feeling of autonomy by assigning tasks that are not closely monitored thereby giving remote workers a chance to manage their own time independently.
3. Encourage remote workers to take breaks
- Working longer hours may become counterproductive very quickly. so remote employers should also encourage remote team members to take breaks if they feel overwhelmed or tired by the workload.
4. Make remote workers feel like a part of the team
- Allow remote employees to participate in meetings and conference calls to make them feel like they are an essential part of their remote company and, where appropriate, include them when it comes to important decisions.
5. Reward remote employees for their work
- Reward remote workers if they have performed well and completed tasks on time. This is a great way to motivate them to keep up the good work in order to receive more rewards from their employer.
- Praise remote team members whenever appropriate as they can sometimes feel like remote companies do not care as much about their work.
6. Require some socialization during work hours
- Allow remote employees access to company chat or email so they don’t miss out on important information about what’s happening at the company.
- Make clear what your expectations are early on in remote employees’ tenure with the company, (i.e., do you expect people to have full-on conversations over text messages or just simply acknowledge one another throughout the day?).
7. Consider monitoring software
- According to the gurus at workpuls.com using software to monitor remote workers’ activities can create a more productive workplace and ensure compliance with company policies as well as a means to provide support where necessary.
8. Consider providing regular feedback
- Keep the lines of communication open so you can support your remote employees where necessary and give advice when it comes to being productive.
9. Hold one-on-one meetings with each remote worker weekly or biweekly
- Regular conversations with your remote employees can help you better understand how their work is going, whether they are struggling in any areas, and if there’s anything that you can be doing better as an employer or manager. Your remote workers will appreciate these meetings, too, because it provides them the opportunity for one-on-one feedback which doesn’t always happen when people work remotely.
10. Create objectives
- Convey to each remote worker what is expected of them on a day-to-day basis.
- Learn what each remote worker’s long-term career goals are, as well, so this information can be included in company planning/strategies (i.e., if someone wants to become more involved with client outreach, maybe they can be assigned to a client account with high potential for growth).
11. Praise remote workers
- When you have something good to say about the work remote workers are doing, send them an email or give them a shout-out on Slack/HipChat if your company uses it. This will make remote workers feel appreciated and valued which, in turn, improves their overall productivity.
- Also organize virtual parties via Skype/Google Hangouts so everyone gets to participate in team celebration regardless of where they are located throughout the world.
12. Encourage collaboration
- Encourage remote employees to collaborate with co-workers both remote and local through remote meetings, chat rooms (i.e., Slack/HipChat), or group projects on Basecamp.
- Encourage remote employees to take advantage of the company’s resources such as training courses via Lynda/Udemy and virtual conferences (i.e., webinars).
13. Encourage your team
- Encourage remote team members to share ideas and input on tasks that they are working on with the rest of their remote company or teammates. This is a great way for remote employees to form strong relationships with remote co-workers and feel like they are part of a remote team.
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