Thanks to improved technology, more and more employees are able to accomplish most or all of their work from home. Smartphones, tablets, teleconferencing, and WiFi-equipped bookstores and coffee shops have made this possible. This presents a big advantage for employers: the more employees that work from their home, the less money companies need to spend. Many companies, for instance, don’t have assigned computers and desks for each of their workers as so much of their workforce is working remotely. Additionally, employees working remotely are frequently more productive; they’re not wasting time and energy driving to work every day. And they’re not exchanging office gossip in front of the water cooler when in the office.
Remote Worker Challenges
A major concern for most managers when deciding to have remote workers is, how can you monitor their work? How do you know that they’re actually working and not just watching movies all day?
Employers can solve this challenge by setting reasonable deadlines for their remote employees and expecting these workers to fulfill them. What really should matter for employers is that work is done on time. It should not matter if workers complete their tasks from midnight to four in the morning.
Setting Remote Worker Deadlines
This is most likely the simplest way to monitor your remote workers. Employers may decide that a specific amount of work needs to be completed by Friday. One other way would be to set up weekly or bi-weekly meetings via phone or video chat. To resolve any feelings of disconnect some employers may ask that a remote worker spend one day a week in the office. This will help to keep everyone on course and informed.
Off-Site Not a Permanent Condition
While many people may have the personal discipline and time management skills to effectively work remotely, some don’t. So, if an employee doesn’t work well remotely, and that has become clear, remote working doesn’t have to stay permanent, it can easily be revoked. Ultimately, trust within the employee/employer relationship is among the key elements of a effective remote working relationship. The worker needs to maintain that trust by hitting deadlines and delivering excellent work.