Allowing your employees to work from home is a great way to introduce flexibility to your production schedule. In the past few weeks, there’s been a backlash against this kind of work option. However, the benefits to both employee and employer can’t be ignored. Here are a few tips to help keep everything on track.
Get Rid of Preconceptions
Working from home is a great way for an employee to make their career fit into their lives. That means shedding the nine-five notion of working. As long as you set deadlines and those deadlines are met, there’s no reason to inquire of when the work is being done. Letting your employee allocate their own time is a sure way to increase trust and reduce stress.
This doesn’t have to do with Apple. You should keep up with face-to-face interactions. Whether it be a weekly meeting or via the Internet, seeing and being seen is a more effective way to touch base. There is something to be said about the way human beings have evolved. Transmit have the information we wish to convey through tone and facial expressions, something that is lost with text exchanges. You know what I mean?
The Little Things
If you don’t already, you should create a method of dominating small talk to your remote employees. Things like a newsletter that lists things like birthdays and office events. That way your remote employees can feel like they are part of the loop. With social media and other tools, these workers can feel more integrated into the company and vice versa as well for their office bound counterparts.