While most staff members are likely to embrace the opportunity to work from home, bosses may find themselves struggling to keep productivity and momentum going with employees working off-site.
Matt Goss, Managing Director of spend management solutions and services provider Concur – ANZ, says it is imperative for businesses to find a way to keep those working from home productive and talented, “or risk losing valuable talent and productivity.”
“The thorny issues of local versus off-site employees can begin to solve themselves, with ever-improving technology offering more tools for workers in remote location. Having a hybrid workforce, where workers come into the office from time to time but still work remotely on certain days, can provide a good balance,” Mr Goss says.
“Whatever the make-up of the workforce, employers need to communicate expectations clearly and often, so that everyone knows how to deliver their very best.”
Concur has three tips that may help keep off-site employees productive:
- Setting reasonable expectations: A productivity plan can help ensure employees working from home continue to contribute. It’s important to keep allocating workers goals and assignments with strict deadlines in order drive motivation and responsibility.
- Communication: Keep a line of communication with employees working outside the office. Phone calls, video conferences, emails, even text messages, all play an important role in keeping workers up-to-date and in the loop.
- Regular check-ins: Meeting in person now and then is an integral element of ensuring the above two points are actively practiced. Scheduling regular check-ins provides opportunities for both parties to keep on track and to keep an eye on whether or not all deadlines are being met.