Remote working is becoming more and more popular in the business world, especially among tech professionals that can work from anywhere. It’s a great perk for professionals and businesses that want to work their staff flexibility and for professionals that want to avoid a commute and have more options from where and when they will work.
The modern workforce is getting on board and more comfortable with have a remote team to manage which is great for those that want to have a full-time career while finding a better work-life balance. Flexible working is no doubt a huge perk for working professionals but it’s actually turning into a huge perk for businesses that have happier employees and are spending less on office space and other resources for having a full-time staff working in the same location.
Here is a look at what studies show about the positives behind a remote staff including higher morale, increased productivity and growing businesses.
Why having a staff work in the same location is no longer effective
People are tired of the morning and evening commutes to and from work cutting into their free time. They are tired of traffic delays, unpredictable weather and fueling up the tank to constantly drive back and forth from the office.
Their family is tired of not knowing when to expect them home for dinner and seeing them leave bright and early all week to only get a few hours with them at night before hitting the sack. Working with the same people in the same location all week becomes repetitive and professionals complain that they spend more time with their colleagues than their own family and friends.
Productivity decreases as people tire of the office commute, working in the same cubicle and feeling pressure to keep up with the everyday business attire, office politics and the same old routine. Having a space to work in someone else’s office can make some feel like they are going to a prison-like setting all day until they can return to their families for the few hours they have left of the day while missing out on sunlight and personal freedoms. It’s no longer effective to have staff working together in one location because it takes too much from their personal freedoms, life enjoyment and it kills their motivation.
Why a remote workforce is the new way to be successful
A remote workforce can take place through technology easily and efficiently. The managers that have taken the plunge are seeing recognition for the company’s innovation because they’ve created such a flexible work environment for their staff. With goals established, regular communication and regular feedback, it’s easy to make it happen.
How to create a remote business
To begin, make sure you are make plans and creating the vision for the new workplace initiative. It should incorporate benefits for the individual and the organization. Make sure there is a program in place that allows managers of teams to easily measure goals and objectives for your new virtual workforce.
Communication and feedback is really important. You need to make sure projects are staying up-to-speed by checking in regularly and knowing exactly what tasks your employee is working on towards the project. Make sure you lead by example by scheduling meetings on video conference or in person to allow for more face-to-face interaction. Listen to your employees’ feedback on concerns or questions and be empathetic to their words. It will build trust and improve the execution behind the work.
Lastly, be sure to still offer a professional workplace for those working at home to be able to access. Sometimes they need days that they can collaborate, network and access professional support. Plus, you should always encourage a corporate culture by offering social events formally and informally to gather together. Connections will encourage a corporate culture while making your remote employees feel connected. Do this through holiday parties and corporate outings.
Use these tips to create a successful virtual staff. You’ll find that allowing employees to work remotely will make them happier and your business succeed. Take the non-essential parts of the work day out of the mix, like the commute and cubicle, and allow your staff to feel inspired from their home office where they can customize it to their needs, take breaks to walk outside and enjoy dinner with their family at the end of the work day. They’ll show their appreciation by working harder and doing a better job during the work day.