Once the COVID-19 pandemic passes, it may be worth thinking about shifting permanently to remote work.
Let’s face it. Sitting in traffic on the same route every day can cause some frustration for your employees. When they finally get into the office they may already feel like they need to take a break. If your employees were able to work remotely for a couple of days a week, or permanently, you might be able to cut out their frustration and heighten their productivity levels. Here’s how to make working remotely a success for your small business.
Why work remotely?
There are many benefits to remote work. First, it can free up your budget since you don’t have to spend money on a big office. Second, technology makes it easy to stay in touch with your employees, so you can still collaborate and communicate effectively. Remote working also allows you to hire qualified people across the country since the geographical location is not limited.
Last but not least, working remote can also reduce the stresses of commuting, child care, pet care, and other responsibilities, and increase productivity levels among employees.
How to make remote working successful
If you are a small business owner who is looking into letting your employees work remotely or are working remotely yourself, here are some tips and considerations for success.
Tips for hiring remote workers
As a business owner, you need to make sure that you are making the right decisions when it comes to hiring remote workers. Even if you use a company like Telescoped to help you find and manage remote employees, below are some tips that will help you to be even more successful.
Choose the right people
Working remote gives your employees more freedom, but with that freedom comes the challenge of managing time to get the work done. You have to know which employees are right for this type of work. Those who have self-awareness, discipline, and time management skills are the best candidates for remote work. As a small business owner, you have to trust the employee to get their work done when they’re not being watched.
Set clear expectations
Managers don’t want to be worrying or constantly checking up on an employee to get the job done. Yet they also don’t want to reach an important deadline only to find that the work isn’t done. To make working remotely successful and stress-free for everyone involved, be sure to set clear deadlines, have check-ins for milestones, and keep open lines of communication for any mishaps along the way.
Use the right technology
Remote employment can spare your business commuting and office costs, but poor productivity and delayed execution are costly. To make working remotely successful for your business, be sure to invest in the proper technology. Spending a little extra on the equipment and services you need for seamless execution can save you a lot in the long run.
If you are having multiple people work from home it might be a good idea to have a group communication tool such as Trello or Asana. This way a small business owner can instantly keep track of projects without having to take the time to ask, and without employees having to take the time to explain.
When people are able to work as effectively at home as in the office, everyone can do their best work.
Tips for working remotely
Working remote poses the same challenges for everyone, no matter what your position is. Below are some tips to help ensure success when working remotely.
Map out your day to make sure you are meeting all the assigned deadlines. Put a time limit on work so you know you are getting the most amount of work done in an efficient way.
People often assume that those working from a remote location have more distractions than in an office space, but that is not necessarily true. Your home or even a coffee shop can have just as many distractions that prevent you from focusing 100% on your work.
To increase your focus when working remotely find a quiet and comfortable space to work at. Eliminate distractions by closing your door, using noise-canceling headphones, or even putting a fan on to wash out background noise. If you can listen and work simultaneously, you might even want to filter out the noise with a marketing podcast.
Set regular meetings
Whether you’re the business owner or the employee, everyone needs to make sure they are keeping in touch.
Managers don’t need to send a formal email every hour to see what everyone is up to, and employees don’t have to send updates on their every move. Regular meetings—such as weekly video check-ins and even daily morning standups via conference calls—can help to keep everyone on track.
Also, as a manager or business owner, encourage your team members to jump on a quick phone call with a person to clarify anything they are having trouble understanding.
Allowing your employees to work remotely can benefit your small business and bring you higher qualified employees. When working remotely make sure that you manage your time, limit your distractions and communicate with those in the office to be the most effective employee you can be.