Working remotely accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working remotely is here to stay.

The COVID-19 has taken working remotely to a whole new level.

Finding the right way to manage employee’s working remotely can be tough and getting some people to engage in it can be even harder. Be prepared as the last thing you want is to spend time and resources and not get the outcomes everyone is seeking.

As a business, you and your stakeholders have worked hard to build your reputation and customer base.  Unfortunately, it can disappear in an instant if the worst happens and you have no idea how to handle the crisis, or what to say or do.

Don’t delay if you want to come out on top. You don’t have to over-complicate working remotely; in fact, best practice shows complexity discourages delays and engagement. Keep it simple and focus on:

  • Alignment of your vision and objectives.
  • Maintain regular personal communications.
  • Use appropriate technology and real-time metrics and dashboards.
  • Ensure remote access to critical information and knowledge required.
  • Maintain the company culture.

With the advent of COVID-19 virus, workplaces are embracing remote work options more than ever before. It means that you can make proactive decisions on how to meet your people’s needs rather than being reactive to problems which are already past repair.

There is no room for micromanaging in the new remote working environment.

Because of the COVID-19, we are all playing catch up. Most people never expected something of this scale or magnitude. Avoid staying out of control, having a plan in place means you can respond quickly and with certainty, instead of stress and panic.

Despite the benefits and countless remote work testimonials, the idea of remote work can seem scary at first. Like with any emerging work style, those who have had more traditional, in-office job experiences might feel sceptical about remote work.

Everyone is learning to work anywhere at any time.

Even though remote work enables employees to work anywhere, most prefer to work from home, with benefits for everyone. Wherever they work, trusted employees are much more productive.

  • Quality of family life goes up when you reduce commuting.
  • Employees can save many thousands of dollars om work travel.
  • Businesses also save many thousands of dollars on office accommodation.
  • Many employees would even take a pay cut for the opportunity to work from home.
  • Some will trade other benefits for flexible work options.
  • Remote work challenges many until they settle into new routines.
  • After settling in and an adjustment period, few will feel disconnected.
  • Some may also feel isolated and lonely without good personal communications.

Email and video conferencing become the primary method of communication for remote workers, but regular personal contact is essential in maintaining morale. Some may not, but most will appreciate the improved integration of work and family life, and less likely to leave the company.

If remote work isn’t working at your company, don’t blame employees, take a look at the manager instead. They shape the culture of the team and the workplace in countless ways, being responsible for translating company-wide vision and objectives into daily operations.

Key Message: Whether you’re considering your first remote role or hiring remote team members, it’s essential to keep in mind the working world continues to evolve and embrace remoteness and flexibility.

Quotable Quotes

“Supporting individuals working remotely along with business innovation initiatives is key to future-proofing your regional, rural or remote business”. Peter Sergeant

“The big advantage of remote working is you can more easily create more quality time to think, reflect and plan what needs to be done, without interference”. Peter Sergeant

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