- April 30th, 2015
With the advent of the Internet, the world has become more connected than ever before. This has changed the face of nearly everything we do, and the workplace is no exception. Across the globe, business is heading online, allowing for more remote employment. This works incredibly well for a wide range of businesses in various industries. It makes sense for a business to hire the very best candidate for the job, regardless of location. But managing remote workers can be a challenge. Here are 10 tips you can implement to make the most of a remote employee relationship and experience business success.
1. Communicate through video whenever possible.
A lot can be lost through written communication. Since you aren’t in the same location as your employees, you should capitalise on available technologies to keep communication as face-to-face as possible. Skype and Google Hangouts are great options for this, among many others.
2. Use technological tools to stay organised.
To stay on the same page, use programs that allow you to organise projects and tasks easily. These type of applications allow everyone to see the same things and keep abreast of work that is being done. This ensures you can keep on top of your workers’ progress and visualise project goals as a whole. Great project management resources include Basecamp, Podio, and Teamwork.
3. Provide more one-on-one time for remote employees.
Since you don’t work side by side with your remote employees, you won’t get as much natural contact with them. Therefore, it is important to schedule specific one-on-one conversations with them. This helps you know how your employee is doing and allows them to feel more connected and appreciated from afar.
4. Accommodate to fit their schedule.
Depending on where your remote workers are located, you might have to deal with variance in time zones. If you need to collaborate on a project or schedule a meeting with remote workers, the best thing to do is to accommodate their schedule, perhaps selecting a time that fits best with their workday. As the manager or boss, this might mean you have to make some sacrifices and accept a few late-night virtual meetings now and then.
5. Try and stick to a regular routine.
With everyone on a different schedule (and perhaps even in a different time zone), the best way to keep work cohesive is to have a regular routine with scheduled deadlines, meetings, etc. If you set a precedent for this, it becomes simpler to keep track of everyone and everything.
6. Build a company culture.
Even though your employees may be far apart, a team spirit is vital. Think of creative ways to keep your workers engaged and ideas that promote teamwork and camaraderie. This might involve frequent video meetings or assigning each employee a work “buddy” to keep up with.
7. Reward good work and demonstrate employee appreciation.
It can be more challenging to recognise employee achievements when the employee isn’t in your physical presence. Make sure to pay special attention to rewarding the success of remote employees. Remember, tokens of appreciation can easily be emailed or sent by post.
8. Make yourself available and approachable.
Your employees, both remote and traditional, need to know that management is available for them when needed. If possible, set yourself “office hours” when workers know you’ll be able to be reached. This keeps lines of communication open and gives ample opportunity for remote workers to reach out.
9. Trust your workers.
Remote employees have a different experience because they are not in a typical work environment with superiors constantly nearby. This means they must be self-motivated and accountable for their own work. If hiring remote workers, you should be sure you select responsible, self-directed individuals. Above all, trust your employees to handle the tasks of the job and to be honest with you at all times. Trust is the only way remote positions can work effectively.
10. Remain flexible
Perhaps more than anything else, you must remain flexible in these circumstances. Working with remote employees often means juggling many balls in the air at once. Keeping a positive attitude and rolling with the punches will be key to helping your business succeed.
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