Remote working - have you thought about it?

Remote working – How are you implementing it?

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Remote working can not longer be delayed if your business is not a shop with clients physically entering the shop, restaurants, delivery, hospitals, etc…

If your team, or part of your team, don’t have to actually be present and they do all their work on a computer, there are no excuses for you not to allow remote working any more.

Recently, Jaclyn Lee, who has been amongst other achievements theSenior Vice president for Certis Cisco, mentioned at the WOW HR global conference that companies will need to make sure they implement the right measures for remote working as it will happen anyway.

After the COVID-19 crisis hitting the whole world, many things have changed. Companies like Google and Twitter are now allowing their employees to work remotely if they choose to. And this is a game changer, because for many companies that had to work during the crisis, there are no real excuses now to say not to it.

If your company is one of those who could be doing remote working, or you just started, keep reading, as it might help you to avoid first timer mistakes.

How to implement successful remote working

Jaclyn Lee commented amongst other things that some of the key aspects are:

  • Start mesuring by results and not time worked
  • More meetings will become emails and more emails will become instant messaging
  • This will make digitization move at an accelerated speed (so don’t get behind)

This might be an opportunity for everyone  to discover that it can be done. Working from home is a real option,  it doesn’t need to necessarily mean lazy Fridays. 

It has its benefits

It really improves worklife balance: You can keep up with your career while taking care of your family and having an a slower life. And let’s be honest, what is it better that working from your favourite place in the earth? 

The hastag #slowlife has been something allowed just to models and bloggers who could enjoy working few hours per day with a huge income. Happily, people will see now that reducing the commuting hours it allows you to go to the supermarket, spend more quality time with your family and have less stress moving around from point A to B. 

It is fair to say that those who have to be forced to do remote working these days, with their kids at home. Kids that are forced to be at home, without playing outside… it could be chaos. But anyhow, it is a good opportunity to try, and this situation will be (hopefully) not for ever.

Trust in remote working

We are aware that this is a big transition from not trusting your employees to believing that they will be working towards their objectives. But this is the key to the success of teleworking. Building objectives for each member of your team. 

In a previous post we wrote about how to do SMART objectives, so you can use it as a help if you haven’t done it before. 

Coming back to the main topic. Trusting is everything when creating a good remote working enviroment for your team. Check that they are doing a good job and check that they have everything needed to do what they need. If they are not meeting objectives, have a conversation with them to explain that, in the same way as in the office, they need to be working towards their objectives. If they don’t do it, their role may not be needed… but it is about them doing their job, not just spending hours in the office. 

When it comes to working remotely, communication is usually an issue. However, you have tools like Asana, trello, slack or hangouts amongst thousands of other tools that will help you with that purpose.  A good internet connection and a laptop should be enough to do their job! 

If is not about trust, think about all the supplies and bills that will be reduced if you allow them to work from home! 

In case we haven’t fully convinced you yet, it is a way to promote equality and diversity within your company. With remote working everyone who has a “different life”, or family, or study commitments could work for you. Even further, you could hire anyone whithin your country as they don’t have to go to the office…. Just THINK ABOUT IT! and you can always do many team building activities remotely if that is what it worries you.

If that is too much for you… think about those days where they have worked late and they just want to stay at home on the next day and work in Pijamas…. 🙂 Yes, we have gone too far with this one!! 🙂

Let us know if you have any further question about this so we can solve it in a new post! 

Thank you for reading! 

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