Reality: Remote work is here to stay. In fact, a survey by newly-launched Growmotely reveals that –

– A whopping 97% of employees and entrepreneurs want to work at least part of the time remotely.

– And 74% of professionals expect remote work to be the new standard,

Hence, the issue at hand is not whether to offer remote and hybrid options for employees but how to do it successfully. To ensure that your company manages a remote/hybrid workforce effectively, implement these tips.

Dig into technology: There are multiple tools available, with updates and new options continually in the works. Assign your favorite IT Guru to evaluate and then implement the best options for your company.

  • Maintain connection with remote employees and within employee teams via effective communication channels and tech tools.
  • Schedule virtual meetings via video calls. Establish a consistent schedule so remote employees can accommodate the time.

Be intentional about staff networks and connections: While remote work can help employees be more productive and maintain a work/life balance, in-person relationship-building time is still essential.

  • Schedule in-office workdays and meetings. For some companies, this might be once/week. For others, once or twice/month may fit the bill.
  • Do not focus totally on work these days. Instead, incorporate fun and food – two employee-binding agents.

Set reasonable boundaries and work deadlines: One of the benefits of remote work is your employee’s freedom to be flexible in work hours. On the one hand, it is vital to build trust by allowing your remote workers the freedom to choose their hours. On the other hand, it is equally vital to establish realistic guidelines and expectations and hold employees accountable —all within the realm of peer-to-peer respect.

Provide the tools your employees need to be successful: In addition to clearly stated assignments, ensure that your remote workers have the electronics and software technology to do their job well.

Keep communication lines open: Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.

  • Ensure remote employees understand your expectations and receive all pertinent information.
  • Ascertain that your remote employees receive the same communications as in-house staff.
  • Keep them updated on projects, goals, team progress, and company news. Take steps to ensure they are part of the dialogue.
  • Be available to answer questions or discuss issues that arise. Ask for and offer timely feedback.

Be purposeful in employee appreciation: When employees work remotely, it is easy to ‘forget’ about expressing gratitude, but they are a valuable asset. Take time to acknowledge their accomplishments and be specific in expressing your appreciation.

Do not neglect other crucial benefits: While remote work or hybrid options are high in-demand, professionals want to work for companies that offer the whole package, including –

  • Market wages
  • Healthcare options
  • Growth opportunities
  • Coaching/mentoring
  • Upskilling and reskilling options

At Global Technical Search, Inc., we match companies with the right people – for both on-site and remote work.