Millions of people all over the world are moving from their offices to their homes for the first time. If your company is one of them, you might be wondering how remote work will affect the productivity of your employees. Even though there are studies that show that remote workers can be more productive, that is not enough to satisfy some of those business owners. That’s why in this post today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the ways your employees and you can stay productive while working remotely.
Properly Manage the Expectations of All Your Employees:
Be sure to talk both to your employees and your management and figure out what actually can be achieved during this outbreak. As the situation in the world evolves and changes, so should the expectations you have. Be open and realistic about what’s not working remotely at the moment and see that you can only focus on the most important projects you have.
Communicate as Much as It’s Needed, Maybe Even More:
Before, when all of you were in the office, it wasn’t a problem to tap someone’s shoulder and tell them something you forgot to tell them in the meeting an hour before. However, today, when everyone is working from their homes, that isn’t possible, which is why you need to tell everyone everything they need to know right away.
Mention all the details, even the smallest ones in advance, share everything important with everyone as this minimizes the risk of double work, overwork, or no work at all.
In addition to sharing everything important, you need to establish some communication rules – this includes the way (as in specific software) you want people to communicate with you, the best time to reach you, and at what times will you be available.
Make Sure Everyone Tracks Their Time:
One of the main reasons why most business owners won’t allow their employees to work remotely is because they are afraid that they won’t be able to see whether or not the employees are doing the work they’re being paid to do. This problem can be solved with the use of a time tracking app, like Workpuls.
By having employees track their time, you’ll be able to ensure that there is no loss of productivity with your employees and that they are doing their work. Additionally, time tracking helps you not miss any deadlines by showing you which tasks are possibly taking more time than what was originally planned and billed.
Nurture Openness and Transparency in your Company:
When transparency isn’t present in a company, the productivity of the entire company can suffer. If you don’t want this to happen to your company (and I’m sure you don’t want to), always insist all of your employees are accountable for what they do.
This means that all of your employees should report back on the output of their work in such a way that works both for you and them. By reporting regularly, you’ll be able to keep track of everyone’s progress on each of the projects they’re doing.
Don’t Forget To Have Fun:
All the time work does not have a be so serious. Make sure you and your employees relax every once in a while. Having fun at work helps everyone feel less stressed, frustrated, and isolated, which are some of the common feelings among first-time remote workers.
There are a bunch of ways you can have fun while working remotely. Start a movie or a book club with your employees, play video games online together either one-on-one or in a tournament (maybe even start your own), eat meals together, have Taco Tuesdays or Pizza Fridays, or just chat about everyone’s day. All these activities will help strengthen the bond between all of you.
While we know that remote work can be hard, especially for those doing it for the first time, there is nothing to be afraid of. Remote workers can be more productive, but only if you start practicing what we talked about in this post.
Stay save. Make sure to be there for your employees and your family and friends as much as you can. And when all of this is over, who knows, maybe you’ll want to continue working remotely.