In light of recent events, many organizations are considering long-term remote work. With the right planning, implementing remote work either permanently or as part of a hybrid model can have excellent benefits for your employees.
Small changes to your usual people management strategies can go a long way toward ensuring a more effective remote working experience. Here are some helpful tips to get started:
Modernize your hiring practices. This includes implementing tech tools that support virtual hiring and onboarding, interviewing for both soft skills and hard skills, and making the digital hiring experience as seamless as possible.
Keep your employees updated about what is expected from them in terms of productivity and performance. Communicate transparently, be careful about micromanaging, and establish a baseline level of trust amongst your team. Rigid management and schedules do no good in remote work environments.
Implement cyber security tools such as a VPN, two-factor authentication (2FA), and a good firewall. Ensure employees are aware of the best practices to improve data privacy and security while working from home.
Extend all the support that your employees need. Especially now, they will be working extra hard to keep your business running despite the pandemic. Financial resources, flexible schedules, mental health aids—even just checking in on them more frequently—it can mean the world during these challenging times.
Keep in touch with your remote employees regularly to understand how they are feeling. Organize fun activities to help your remote employees connect with their peers and relieve their stress. Ensure that no employee feels lonely or isolated.
Read more about how organizations can embrace long-term remote work in our HR Knowledge Hive.