Many workers now work fully, or partially, remotely. While this was growing naturally beforehand, the pandemic certainly sped this up. Remote working has many benefits and if you run a business that allows remote working, you may see these benefits when it comes to work output.
Both employees and managers can benefit from remote working but if you are in a more managerial role, how do you support your workers while they are at home? Take a look at just a few ways you can do this.
- Keep in touch
They may love working from home but your employees that are doing so might feel a little left out now and again. When you aren’t in the office, it’s very easy to feel out of the loop and a bit isolated.
As a boss or manager, just reaching out now and again to connect with your remote workers can be all you need to do to make them feel more included. Services that allow teams to chat online are also something you can consider implementing; this not only aids you in involving them in big meetings but also lets them speak to individual team members, much like they would in the office.
- Provide devices
When you work from home or remotely in any way, your device is your only connection to work. It’s for this reason then, that having a good device is more important for workers now than ever.
It can be a lot of pressure though, when you ask workers to provide their own devices. Though many businesses do ask employees to use their own computers or laptops, it’s great when a company provides the devices for them.
This doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, as there are so many Budget Business Laptops out there. When you provide the tech, you also control what tech is used and can make sure it integrates better with the devices you have in the office.
- Give them some control
While it’s completely normal to have set schedules in the office, remote working can be a completely different beast in this respect. Despite it often making workers more productive, working from home has its downsides too.
The biggest of these cons being that there are often so many more distractions at home. Letting your remote workers set their own times and schedule can be a great way to combat this.
They will often choose to work when they have the least distractions around them and therefore can do a better job that day. Many workers ask to work remotely for flexibility, as they may have home commitments that are important to them.
You don’t have to allow for this flexibility but doing so can really support your workers who choose to stay at home and can be better for the business overall.
Remote working isn’t going away and you may have a good number of employees that work this way. It’s important to support them just as much as the ones in the office though.