The Transition of Working From Home
Working from home may become a rule with the continuation of COVID 19 pandemic.
This has been a “new” normal, and all employees are urged to adjust their lifestyle and mindset.
With employees being geographically distributed, work will no longer be dependent on location and time. Everyone is working in a non-controlled environment. Therefore, all employees had to be flexible enough to account for conflicting meeting schedules, time differences, household interruptions, and others. We all must embrace synchronous communication platforms, such as emails, Microsoft teams, video conferences and other platforms that allow shared information to be picked up from where is left at any time.
In the past, we deem productivity as “sensory-based,” seeing employees at their desks, hearing seas of voices, and employees leaving later than working hours. All these are signified as productive aka “hard-working” employees. However, bosses are no longer able to measure productivity through visual checks. The current situation has resulted in leaders focusing on results, ensuring employees are performing at 100% through productivity without their supervision.
The new normal has transformed into focusing on work instead of working in the office. Employees are encouraged to embrace working via virtual workplace, results in tracking, and digital communications. The focus on where we are working is no longer important, as everyone is immense in the company’s contribution.
Here are some tips and ways you can stay connected to your remote employees:
- Define Goals
Communication is a key challenge for remote working. Setting clear and measurable goals will be beneficial in driving success
- Improve internal communications
Engaging employees remoting is impossible. Employers have to put extra effort in maintaining relationship and engaging them through various platforms.
- Be proactive
Remote working resulted in disconnection. Often employees do not share their challenges due to distance relationship. Employers are encouraged to do frequent check-ins and asked simple questions such as “How can I help you to be productive.”
- Continuous encouragement
Staying physically and mentally healthy is one of the key components to work productivity. Sharing of interesting content within the company had been easy with the help of technology. This helps to ensure information are shared and everyone can still learned from one another despite being physically presence. Encouragement drives motivation and assurance that employees are still being valued.
- Work from Home Policy
Work from home policy helps to set guidelines and making employees feel connected. Despite not working in the office, there are still rules to adhere. The policy sets clarity and directions for employees.
- Career Growth Opportunities
Career opportunities are vital in attracting and keeping talent within companies. Often, remote employees are neglected. To keep them engaged, growth opportunities should still be available in motivating employees.