Remote working which started as a trend is now a standard for many organizations. Because of the pandemic, organizations were left with no other option than to let employees work from home. It also led to the realization that remote working can be more productive and efficient.
Remote working offers convenience for employees and helps organizations save money and resources in many ways.
Managing remote workforce with six effective strategies
While many organizations have now made remote working a permanent option, it is not easy to maintain a remote workforce. Since the concept is still fairly new, it needs a lot of refinement to get the best out of it. Here are six strategies to help manage the remote workforce effectively.
Equipping the employees with the best tools and technologies
For great performance while working remotely, your employees need to be equipped with the latest and best tools and technologies. It is not necessary that the tools and technology used by employees at the office can help maintain efficiency for remote working.
That’s why it is best to revise and determine the new tools and upgrades required in the new work settings and provide employees with the same. You can make checklists for required tools and technology for specific job roles and provide them to the teams accordingly.
Establishing goals and setting expectations
Employee performance can only be determined when you set goals and expectations. Working without deadlines and expectations can lead to delays in work. When working remotely, it is even more important for employees to know what is expected from them so they can deliver on it. Create realistic goals and deadlines for employees and communicate them clearly to keep the employees working in the right direction.
Maintaining communication and connection
Remote working can make your employees feel disconnected and lost if regular communication is not maintained. It can lead to miscommunication and have a negative impact on productivity.
Schedule regular online meetings with remote employees to ensure that everyone is working in the same direction. It is also important to keep employees connected to build a sense of team. You can hold fun online activities to improve employee relations.
Saying no to micromanagement
Remote working can cause anxiety among leaders and they might want to manage better. This can sometimes lead to overstepping and micromanaging. When working remotely, employees can have different ways of working and put more focused effort rather than counting hours of work.
The flexibility can cause different employees to have different working hours. Micromanaging employees can make them feel your distrust in them and cause demotivation. Avoid micromanaging your employees as long as the work is getting done within deadlines and expectations are being met.
Lack of trust in the team can cause misunderstandings and arguments. Managers and employees need to have mutual trust to work better as a team. Maintain clear and transparent communication to keep the trust and enhance productivity.
Giving and taking regular feedback
Feedback is the key to improved performance. When you clearly communicate what you need from your employees, they can work on improving it.
Similarly, by letting your employees communicate what they need from the organization to work better can help make them feel valued and increase their efficiency. Both positive and negative feedback are effective to maintain productivity and you shouldn’t wait for appraisal to do that.