Over the last few years, remote working has become a dominant trend in many industries, largely due to the global pandemic. Many businesses are now reversing their hybrid working policies, believing remote work no longer makes sense.
In this article, we highlight six things organizations should consider when adopting successful remote working policies.
Employers and employees both benefit from remote working. It offers many advantages, such as increased flexibility, reduced commute times, and lower costs.
If you’ve incorporated remote working into your business and into your teams, it’s important to make sure that it’s working and is proving to be successful. In the absence of this, your teams may not work well together, your staff may not be working to their full potential, and a poor work-life balance may result.
It is essential to have the latest tools, as well as clear goals and workflows, to run a successful business and, more specifically, a successful team.
To succeed remotely, businesses must consider the following six factors:
- How well is your business communicating?
It’s crucial that your business fosters open lines of communication among all staff members. Use instant messaging, video conferencing, and project management software when working remotely to avoid missing anything. Allow staff to address concerns and provide guidance through regular one-to-ones and team meetings with management.
- Is your employee’s toolkit up to date?
When working remotely, your staff and the wider business must have the right tools at their disposal to work in the most efficient and effective way possible. Tools such as Craft Docs allow staff to collaborate on ideas, manage projects and change workflows across the business. In addition, they allow staff to announce news to the whole company.
- Make sure your employees have clear goals
Your employees will be more likely to understand what they’re working towards if you set transparent and measurable goals. Furthermore, employees should be clear about their work hours, availability, and deliverables.
- Make sure your workflows are clear
Establishing clear workflows and processes will result in smooth coordination and task management. It will be helpful to provide guidelines for things like task delegation, progress tracking, and decision making. Furthermore, encourage the use of shared documents and project management tools to enhance collaboration.
- Maintain a positive work-life balance
Remote workers often experience blurred lines between work and personal life. In order to ensure that staff are taking their allotted annual leave, it’s important to encourage them to take regular breaks. In addition to improving productivity, this will prevent burnout within your organization.
- Adapt to new situations
Regularly communicate with your staff, allowing them to discuss any challenges they may face during the workday, as well as potential improvements. Be open to experimentation and be willing to change your approaches in order to optimize efficiency.