Remote work on a widespread scale was introduced in less-than-optimal circumstances, but that doesn’t mean that today’s businesses shouldn’t use it to their full advantage. Let’s discuss the situation at hand, more specifically, a few ways you and your organization can support your team as they work remotely.
Provide the Equipment Needed for Remote Work
While your team may very well have the equipment needed to successfully work remotely, it is often wise to provide them with mobile devices (like laptops) so that they can still do so, but with your company still maintaining a level of control over the devices they use.
In addition to this, it may not be a bad idea to provide your team members with a stipend to help them create an area in their home that is conducive to remote work efforts. A bit of up-front investment can easily result in long-term productivity and employee satisfaction.
Enable (and Encourage) Collaboration and Communication
With your team members dispersed, there is an inherent obstacle that remote work puts in the way of communications and collaboration. Fortunately, this is easy enough to overcome through the implementation of various cloud-based tools and applications—something that has its benefits in the office as well.
Cloud-based email, collaboration platforms, and even instant messaging applications all serve a valuable purpose in the modern business. Not only do they allow your team to continue working together on various tasks and projects, they can also be used for a reasonable amount of off-topic conversation. Why do we mention this? Simple: interaction amongst coworkers is an asset for your business, as it keeps them motivated and engaged with the rest of their team.
In short, discussions about last night’s game or the latest must-watch series ultimately save time and energy, so don’t be afraid of your employees having them.
Simplify and Optimize
The more nimble your business processes are, the more effective they will be…remote or not. Turning to streamlined tools that can accomplish numerous objectives for your business—collaboration platforms, for instance, over several disparate applications—will help make your business’ operations more portable and therefore make remote work more accessible. In addition to this, maintenance and management become far simpler to accomplish as well, also allowing more energy to be put into profitable business processes.
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