Working remotely is becoming increasingly more common in many industries, and has been, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies and surveys alike demonstrate the benefits of working remotely for both the employer and the employee. For the employee it provides flexibility. Reducing commute time and being close to home and family allows the employee to start work fresh each day without the hassles of traffic. It also gives the employee time to manage their busy work schedule tandem with the other important things in their lives, such as children’s schedules, continuing education, and personal and community obligations. For employers, employees who work remotely start the day with a better mindset. Companies have also seen higher productivity and job satisfaction rates, which translates to higher employee retention. Additionally, by offering flexible remote opportunities, an employer immediately expands its pool of potential applicants. While there is an obvious saving on office space, there is also a higher level of technology integration and virtual communication tools that are necessary. The investment, however, certainly has its payoff. If this is your first time working remotely or offering a remote position as an employer, consider the tips below to make the transition smoother.
Keep Up Communication While it’s true that communication is the key to a business being successful regardless of where you’re working, it’s even more important when you’re working remotely. Regular channels of communications between managers and team members is key. Schedule one-on-one meetings at least once a week with coworkers and managers to keep everyone in the loop and in-sync.
Create the Right Workspace Perhaps the best thing about working remotely is that you get to decide on your office environment. Take some time to experiment and find out what space works best for you. Where will you be most productive? Designate and create your perfect place to be at your best. Play music for background noise or nothing at all. Set a routine and schedule. Be sure to communicate with your supervisors so that they’re aware of what you choose for your schedule.
Know Your Limits Although working remotely gives the ability to have a flexible schedule, it can also be quite difficult to discern when to log off. Be sure to understand your employer’s expectations about your schedule. Receiving emails (and calls) at all hours is common, but you should set boundaries to separate your work from your home life. This will contribute to enjoying the improved quality of life you receive from working remotely.
Invest in Compatible Technology A consistent Internet connection should be a priority on any remote worker’s list. One thing that employees and employers shouldn’t forget, however, is using technology that accurately and easily tracks employee time. LightWork® Software has a solution that does just that: LightWork Time and Attendance. The employee kiosk makes it easier than ever for employees to track their time and approve their timesheets, which frees them up to work on more important things.
Consider LightWork Software to help make this transition to a remote workforce as smooth as possible.
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