In today’s world, there is an opportunity to adopt a business model that includes almost any employee around the world. How? Through remote working.
Remote workers are those who work outside of the office for a company. It can be at home, at a coffee shop, across the country, or even across the world. The employee still performs the same job. The only difference though, he or she just isn’t in the office.
Remote working can prove to be a challenge on both the workers and the business end. However, when done right, remote working can be an inclusive way to add more team members that you couldn’t before.
If you’re ready to allow remote workers into your company, below are a few tips to help with the transition.
Setup New Lines of Communication
With remote workers, communication will be crucial in their success. Even though they are no longer in the office, they are still an employee that you’ll need to communicate with.
Set up a variety of ways to communicate with everyone. Telephones should have the option to do conference calls if you have multiple workers in one phone call. There are instant chat services through the web that allow you to talk online, whether it be individual or through groups. Also, face-to-face services like Skype will enable you to have a more personal conversation with the worker.
Lay Out Expectations
As a company with remote workers, there is that worry of employees getting distracted and not handing in their work on time. That is why it is essential to lay out all expectations to your employees so that everyone is on the same page.
Keep your expectations realistic though. Remote workers will need some time to balance their work and personal life and learn to keep them separate. Unrealistic expectations and they could be up all night completing tasks. Basically, a remote worker should be treated just like you would if they were in the office.
The difficulty with remote workers is having them feel isolated. It’s essential that the whole team knows who is working outside of the office, and ensuring they are still includedin all collaborations.
Set up online chat rooms that act as the coffee break room in the office. Then, the remote workers will have an area to chat with coworkers like they would on coffee breaks. The more you can do to set up your remote workers so that they are still a part of the team, the better off they will be.
Adjust the Office
Just as there will be adjustments for the employee working remotely, so too will there be adjustments in the office.
For one, you may notice additional expenses at the start to get set up for remote workers. This may include fees for new communication tools and anything else the worker needs. A small business loan may be helpful to get everything you need set up.
Allowing for remote workers in your company opens up a more full range of employment opportunities. It makes your office more inclusive to those who cannot make it into the office. Remote working shows that your company is innovated and moving forward with our world.
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