Set Your Remote Workers Up For Success

The future of work is here. As businesses continue to rise to the top, remote work is becoming a large part of company culture. Working remotely has many benefits including greater work satisfaction, higher productivity rates and cost savings for businesses.

But what are some strategies to ensure remote teams continually contribute to your business progress? How can you enable your remote workers to perform at their best?

Remote work has its setbacks. It’s not always as wonderful as it’s made out to be. Some of the challenges include reduced face-to-face interactions and a lack of relationship building.

But there are many ways to take advantage of remote teams for your business’ performance. Here are some strategies to make working remotely work for you:

Focus on a results-orientated system

At the end of the day, the output we produce is the only tangible result to present that business is moving forward. People have different work methods and it’s important to recognise that. Person A may take five hours to complete a project, whereas Person B takes 30 minutes to complete the same project. Evaluate your remote workers by performance, not by presence. Companies like Gap are using systems such as ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) and have seen a 20 per cent improvement in productivity and a 90 per cent decrease in turnover rates.

Set SMART goals

Creating goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely are important factors to consider. Encourage your employees to set their own goals. Allowing your remote workers to set the right metrics for themselves establishes trust and productivity. There’s no better feeling than waking up each morning and having a clear target for what you’re going to accomplish that day, week or month.

Communication is gold

Working remotely means missing nonverbal communication cues such as facial expressions, voice tones and eye contact. That’s why regular, informal communication and feedback is vital. Search for an instant messaging tool that works best with your team to keep in regular contact in an informal manner. Avoid using email and provide feedback during video chats. This encourages natural conversations and improves articulate communication.

Use project management systems

It can be easy to get so ingrained in our own tasks, that we forget what’s happening with the rest of our team, particularly remote workers. Use a project management system or a bulletin board accessible to everyone in the team. Seeing everyone’s priorities is a great way to make sure no one’s plate is too full. It can also help you assign tasks to team members without bugging them about it.

Working remotely not only benefits your employees’ health and wellbeing, but it can enable business growth and improve productivity.

Take advantage of the future of work and manage your remote workers with a clear strategy. You’ll reap success for your business and your remote workers will feel accomplished, too.