5 Tips for Setting Your Remote Workers Up for Success

5 Tips for Setting Your Remote Workers Up for Success
From Recruiter - December 19, 2016

Companies with remote workers share two common characteristics: happy employees and efficient teams. Any company would be glad to have those traits, but whether youre just starting a flexible work program or happen to manage some remote workers already, it can be a difficult task to monitor employeeproductivity when people are not there in the office with you.

Giving employees the freedom to get their work done from home or a local caf, though, can be just the boost they need to increase their project output. You can set your remote workers up for success with these five quick tips:

1. Set Specific Guidelines

Make sure your remote workers know what is expected of them while theyre virtually present. Giving them specific guidelines, like a maximum 30-minute response time frame to emails and communication efforts from superiors, can help open up the lines of communication and ensure that everyone receivesanswersin a timely manner. Tell remote workers to give notice when stepping away from their computers so others dont think they arent working or being responsive when theyre actually just warming up some soup for lunch.Email isnt really built for this, so avoid it for remote comunications if you can!

Tools to Support This: Yammer, Google Hangouts, Slack

2. Assess Productivity After an Allotted Amount of Time

When employees first get started working remotely, it can be tricky to ensure their productivity is at an optimal level. Although 86 percent of respondents in a nation-wide surveysaid they hit maximum productivity when working alone, working remotely is not a right; it is a privilege employees should be able to earn and prove capable of handling. You can evaluate their ability by assessing employeeproductivity after they have put in a certain amount of time workingremotely.

If assessing an employee whoexclusively works away from the office, check their productivity after a two-week trial period. If youre starting to offer work from home days to in-office workers, check theprogress theyve made after their first two days of being off-site by having them send a completed task list at the end of the second day.

Tools to Support This:Wrike, Basecamp, Bitrix24

3. Dont Jump the Gun

As you put a timeline on assessing your employees productivity, make sure not to assume right away that people are not being honest about the work theyre producing. Adjusting to a work-from-home routine is just as difficult for employees as it is for employers. Trust your employees and give them some freedom. Remote workers are 20 percent more productive when they get to tackle creative projects, so dont micromanage or they will start to question why you even allowed them to work from home in the first place.

Tools to Support This: iRevu, 15Five, TinyPulse


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