Working from home has completely transformed the way we operate and manage businesses. Overnight, many workers have been forced to conduct their business from home. If this change has been drastic for workers, it has been just as drastic for business managers.
These questions are relevant and extremely important. Here are a few tips and tricks for your management role in a telecommuting environment.
First, to ensure the efficiency and comfort of your employees, it is essential to make sure that everyone has access to the appropriate equipment to perform their work. An adapted computer, a comfortable desk, a headset, and an ergonomic chair are examples of things not to be neglected when telecommuting. As a manager, it's important to be aware of the realities of everyone. Does my employee live in a location that allows for an enclosed office? Do they have young children that could disrupt the tranquility of the workspace? Does he or she need to consolidate a workspace with another family member?
Communication is more than ever essential in a telecommuting environment. Using a platform that allows employees to write to each other sporadically during the day and to call each other with questions can help keep communication flowing within your team. It's also important to schedule times for your team to talk outside of work-only topics. Schedule team lunches or video conferencing events to keep employees connected beyond work.
In a telecommuting environment, trust in employees is paramount. It is difficult to ensure everyone's work and to monitor profitability. That's why it's important to focus on results rather than the process. Monitoring profitability becomes much more complicated at a distance. However, if the employee meets the requirements and delivers the desired results, there is no need to worry. If necessary, weekly follow-up meetings may be possible.
Finally, unfortunately, there is no magic formula that can be applied to all companies. Being flexible and listening is the best way to ensure that employees and co-workers maintain a close relationship, even from a distance.