Increasingly, managers and leaders are pivoting towards remote working. Whether it’s out of necessity or choice, the shift is clear. With such a quick move towards working remotely, we take a look at the implications for businesses, and how best to prepare yourself for a remote working situation should it arise.
So, a question that many businesses have been asking is, will this remote work stand the test of time? Or will businesses prefer workers to return to their cubicles?
Employees who have been told to work from home have had to quickly adjust to this new style of working - it’s by no means a small change. It can be a struggle if the remote working infrastructure isn’t there, especially in terms of communication and set up. If you look at anyone who successfully works from home on a regular, if not permanent, basis, they’ll certainly have a specific area to work from. It doesn’t have to be a fancy home office, simply a space that allows you to separate church and state, or work and home life in this case. This separation is key as in a modern world where the lines between work and home are so often blurred, with a culture of being always “on” and accessible, it can be difficult to relax and decompress after the clock hits half 5.
Certainly for managers, not being able to have eyes on your team can be a stressful and worrying time if you’re not prepared or used to it. The common misconception is that employees often see remote working as a chance to goof off and get away with not doing as much since there isn’t a managerial presence around. According to research , this couldn’t be further from the truth, in fact employees often feel more productive when they’re working from home. For managers, communication and checking in with your team is a must when remote working. This being said, especially if you have a large team this can be convoluted and time consuming. With team management software, such as Wundamail, getting a concise round up of your entire team’s status in one simple, daily email can be invaluable.
Remote working has been on the rise for a while now, especially for creatives, executives and those who are self-employed, but it hasn’t seemed to burst through that final stage into the mainstream. They say you don’t know if something is for you until you try it. Remote working is becoming the norm across the world right now. It’s time you made it the norm for your team.
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