It’s 2023, and the prospect of remote work is becoming increasingly popular in the wake of the pandemic. Having the choice to come into the office versus stay at home is a benefit that many new employees are looking for. As this new era of work arises, both employees and the companies themselves are focusing on adapting to this different style of work. So, how can you manage remote employees effectively?
Managing Remote Employees
When working from home, the atmosphere is different. For some, this relaxed area may increase productivity, while for others, it may be more difficult to focus with increased distractions. Managers need to understand how to provide motivation, support, and encouragement to their teams working from home, so they may bring out the best from their workers. They can help gauge employee engagement and productivity by:
- Establishing a set of guidelines for remote work:
Even though workers are not in the workplace, you can still provide structure. Having clear priorities and performance goals will help keep employees on track and on schedule.
2. Have open and constant communication:
Managers must communicate with workers so everyone is up to date on the schedules and so they are also aware they can come for help at any time.
3. Be flexible.
One of the perks of remote work is the flexibility to work on employees’ own terms, so being too strict can be detrimental to employee motivation. Be open to adjustments if needed.
4. Have progress checks.
Periodically check in with your employees. You can set smaller deadlines within bigger deadlines to make sure workers have structure and have goals to work towards each day. But avoid too much micromanaging!
5. Build connections.
Even though these workers are remote, find a way to promote teamwork amongst you and your workers, and amongst your team members. For example, share positive feedback with everyone or have a chat with all the members in it to share successes!
Managing remote workers is a new challenge to tackle in this exciting digital era. While the environment is different, remember to establish communication and maintain flexibility with your remote workers.