Help Employees Transition To Remote Work
Monday, November 25, 2019
by Sophia Conforti | 11/22/19
Don’t leave your team hanging: When transitioning to remote work, provide resources to help employees adapt.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that remote work is on the upswing. In fact, 43 percent of employees work remotely at least part of the time, according to Gallup’s “State of the American Workplace” report.
“Why is remote working so popular? The obvious answer is the technology that makes it possible for people to work together while apart,” says the WBT Systems team on its blog. “But the remote working trend is also driven by company finances and employee preferences for a more flexible work/life mix. In the competitive talent marketplace, remote working is a desirable benefit.”
If you’re thinking about offering remote opportunities as an employee perk, first make sure that remote work is a viable option for your industry. In professions that require a lot of in-person interaction, for instance, remote work might be more of a hindrance than a benefit.
If remote work does make sense for your association—both productivity-wise and financially—make sure to provide resources and other educational opportunities to help your team adapt to its new way of working together.
“Employers need help preparing to go remote and supporting both remote and office employees,” the team says. “You could supplement online courses, stand-alone modules, and webinars with virtual monthly or bimonthly roundtables for C-suite executives, HR teams and supervisors of remote workers.”
You might need to help team members navigate a new work-life balance, too.
“Remote workers also need help dealing with the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality,” the team writes. “Offer informal virtual coffee chats … In these more free-wheeling conversations, participants can share tips and experiences while developing a support network.”
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