Managing your team is tough, but trying to do it remotely can be a serious challenge. However, it looks like you’ll need to step up to the challenge as telework and remote work become commonplace. According to Global Workplace Analytics, “50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework” and “80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time.” In addition, more and more companies and organizations are realizing that they need to offer remote working options in order to attract the best talent, wherever they might live.
Did you know that there are 53 million people who work as freelancers, which is about 34% of the US workforce? Other than freelancers, more and more employees are choosing the work-from-home option.
With the idea of working remotely becoming so popular amongst companies and employees, it's time for us to ensure that the luxuries provided by working from home don’t affect our productivity.
Working from home is a great option to have at your company. There are benefits for both parties. For employees, it’s greater flexibility, more autonomy, less distractions, and limited commutes. For employers, it’s a smaller real estate footprint, happier and more productive employees, and the ability to attract and retain new talent.
However, as the employer, you must put forth the effort to make remote working work. You can’t simply send your employees out into the universe and hope for the best. Setting clear guidelines and expectations and providing your teams with the right tools and resources will set them up for success.