With the power of the web and improved tools and gadgets, managing remote employees and expanding virtual teams is no more a matter of concern for companies. Being an owner of a company, if you are thinking of hiring remote employees or considering a decision of expansion, here are few factors jotted down to help you achieve immense success in managing a productive virtual workforce.
Remote work remuneration
It is of crucial importance to take into account that remote employees are not normal employees who operate from a usual office environment. As these individuals are working from their home, they should be given an incentive or some kind of a stipend so as to cover the costs resulting on account of working from home. To understand the needs of virtual employees it will be imperative for companies to communicate clearly with the employees. However, whatever they ask for cannot be provided by the company, hence there will be a need of a prioritization exercise that will make the negotiation better and feasible.
Availability of the right technology and tools
Though the remote workers are going to work from home yet it is the duty of the company to help them access the right technology at the right time. Irrespective of hardware and software, employees should never be left alone to find the right equipment for themselves, when it is the responsibility of the organization. In the best interests of the company in question, employees should never be allowed to use their own equipment; hence it is better to invest in good hardware and software tools that will ensure uncompromised security and accessibility in future. For efficient skill development, online learning courses and conferences are a must and most of the companies have a certain eligibility requirement before enrolling employees for such programs. There are a wide variety of software or tools suitable for remote businesses out there. For instance, some software are great in tracking employee’s time and productivity daily. The employee clock in clock out software can help employers keep track of what the remote workers are doing.
Establishing a formal communication with the remote employees
You will find a wide number of big companies that lacks a basic communication system between the leaders and the teams. Though technology has made it easier to keep a tab on the employees through emails, direct messaging services or other forms of communication technology yet over communication can lead to low productivity and haywire work environment. Hence, it is suggestible to focus on the people rather than stressing on the technology. Managing teams properly to get highly productive services is a better alternative than using excessive technology.
Time to time team meetups
Remote work can be boring and tiresome. When an individual comes to an office, he gets to interact with a lot of people, though on the professional level but at home, he has no one to talk to or discuss. Hence, regular company meet-ups are necessary and it also serves a great way to make teams connect socially. Human interactions and occasional discussion sessions are really helpful from the standpoint of remote employees.
By giving careful considerations to these points, companies can manage remote workforce efficiently and effectively. Though this is a very basic approach but if put to use wisely, it can benefit you enormously in the future.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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