How To Sustain Remote Work
Over recent years, the gig economy and working from home became much more normal for many workers. Due to the recent pandemic, working from home has actually become a necessity for many companies to embrace for survival.
When exploring work from home options for your organization, it is helpful to break out the actual categories of employees that may or may not be qualified to work from home. The categories to consider are ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’ meaning at the home office, or at the work office.
Essential employees are those that need to be physically present in the workplace. Examples of this would be manufacturing where there are machine operators, labs where tests are run, or medical facilities where patients are seen.
Non-essential employees are those that do not need to be physically present in the workplace and can easily operate from other locations. Examples of this would be sales, customer service, product development, marketing, and creative teams.
Moving employees to remote work can provide dramatic savings to organizations that want to shrink their facility footprint without limiting the ability to run at full capacity. The technological resources available make this task a much easier undertaking than it was 20 years ago. The benefits of a remote workforce exceed the traditional benefits in many cases as well.
- Reduced Office Costs: With fewer people needing to be housed in a space, you reduce real estate, furniture, and other similar costs.
- Reduced Travel Time: In many cases, you’re giving each person a stressful 5+ hours of time back each week by preventing their commute
- Better Work-Life Balance: Working from home allows us to keep up on home tasks and enjoy quality time with family to allow employees a better way to recharge.
- Reduces Micro-Management: Employees that are micromanaged disengage. So limiting or eliminating this type of practice builds long term and happier employee relationships. Happy employees are productive employees and productivity increases engagement.
Tips For Rolling Out Remotely:
Successfully rolling out a remote workforce comes down to five simple steps.
- Preparation: Assess your business, team needs, technology, and processes to ensure a smooth transition.
- Notification: Keep your organization informed every step of the way and offer as much training and support as needed on best practices.
- Set The Standard: If everyone needs to be available from 9-5 for customers, or if there are weekly team calls that need to be attended, set that as a standard.
- Be Patient: This is a big change for everyone, and everyone adjusts to change differently.
- Measure Results: Measure the results in terms of productivity based performance to align actions with what drives results, and not with how much time they are spending at the computer
The overall success of any change management such as this is highly determined by the level of engagement. So, although it may be a good move for the company, it will be important to keep in mind that one size does not fit all and that not everyone thrives in a work from home situation. Be flexible and bring employees back under the company roof in those situations that it makes sense. Keeping your costs low while driving employee satisfaction can be starting points for measuring your success.
About The Author: Matthis Gurney is a managing partner and CEO of Elite Holding Co. and has more than 15 years of executive experience leading business growth initiatives cross-functionally in all areas of organizations.
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