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In 2020, businesses and organizations were forced to go remote; many for the first time.
And while many businesses and employees made the transition successfully and found that they worked more efficiently and happily this way, remote work (or work from home) configurations come with many challenges and difficulties.
In 2021, many companies began transitioning their workforce back into the office, embracing hybrid models, or allowing their employees to stay home. As a result, there are still millions of people working remotely (and with the recent uptick in case counts, many more could again be leaving the office) and that provides us with a great opportunity to fine-tune this working-from-home experience and get the most out of it!
Set work hours (and respect them).
This goes for both employers AND employees alike. Set work hours, and communicate them. The hardest step? Respecting them. Many employees often have a hard saying no, or delaying that response until tomorrow, and many employers will also neglect to respect those boundaries too.
Here’s a couple of strategies to help respect those rules.
- Turn off your notifications on your devices
- Set an instant reply for your email
- Consider having two devices for work and personal
- Set a reminder to reply (or send/make) an email, text or phone call
Get your network up to speed.
Slow internet was bothersome before 2020. But when everything went virtual, slow, or unreliable internet became the bane of all of our existence. If you haven’t taken the steps or made the moves to improve your internet connectivity or upgraded yet, now might be the time to do it!
Revamp or update your security policies and procedures.
Working remotely places a lot of the responsibility for data security in the hands of your team, especially if they are using their own devices. This is why it’s a good idea to continually review, update, and improve your security practices and provide your team with the education and the means to implement them consistently at home.
Make sure your team has the tools they need to work from home successfully.
While many may work successfully from their couch or kitchen table, others may benefit from a desk, a dedicated workspace, having headphones, etc. Make sure that you are supporting your employee’s ability to work comfortably and productively, and encourage them to find the right solutions for their environment and preferences.
Adjust meeting times and expectations.
An 8:00 AM meeting might have been a harder ask when everyone had to commute to the office, but might be easier to pull off now. Conversely, if your employees are having to support children who are learning remotely, some meeting times may throw your team into chaos. Also, some employees may be able to get more accomplished in the evenings, or even over the weekend. Be creative, and don’t stick too rigidly to a schedule that might have worked well in the office before.
Assess your remote team’s technology needs.
Hardware and software may be a little easier to manage when everyone is in an office environment, but things can get a little confusing when things are out of sight, and out of mind. It’s a good idea to take inventory of what everyone is using, what they are using it on, and how it’s working to prevent issues in the future. Outdated, non-functioning, or un-installed, sooner or later any technology issue that your team member is facing will rear its ugly head at the least opportune moment.
Without a doubt, remote work is here to stay for a myriad of reasons. To get the full benefits, take advantage of these tips, and watch your teammates and company grow!
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