According to a recent global study by Logitech, more than 43% of employees are expected to work from home part or full time. Certainly, hybrid work environments are here to stay. And with the increase in remote workers, a smart balance of collaboration is critical. So, what does that look like?
7 Tips for Creating Successful Remote Teams
Remote workers will need a comfortable space at home to work in, so you may need to budget for a new desk and chair for their homes and/or be clear in your expectations of what you provide and what the employee will be responsible for.
You will need to make sure you are using efficient workflow and task management tools so that everyone is on the same page.
For example, you could use Workzone, Trello, Jira, or others just as effective. Then everyone will know when things are due and when someone is done with a project.
3. Daily Communication
Include remote workers in your daily communication.
They might feel isolated and alone if they are used to the banter and camaraderie of the office. Make sure you keep the lines of communication open so they can ask questions, provide information, and be a part of planning for different events and projects.
Ensure employees know when their start and stop times are so that they don’t go over their allotted time, costing you money if they are paid by the hour.
Not only that, but you don’t want your employees to get burned out. Most people say this is the hardest part of working at home--knowing when to quit for the day. Many people forget the time and focus on their projects.
Structure is a critical step in making remote work successful.
Although working at home is more flexible, things can go array without structure. You will need to have standards and specific goals for remote workers, so they know what is expected of them. If you expect them to work 9 to 5, make sure they know that. Otherwise, they may think it’s okay to start at noon as long as they get their hours in.
6. IT Safety
Recently, the US Secret Service issued an alert warning of fraudulent emails related to Covid-19 that contain malicious attachments.
This is a good reminder to practice the same standard of privacy and protection of information no matter where your team is working.
7. Internet Usage
Remember that while employees are working at home, their spouses and children might also be using the Internet.
This means they may have a slower connection and might need to be taught how to best deal with this. Consider setting up additional connections for employees or advising them on connecting and disconnecting various devices when not in use.
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