The pandemic that many of us are still recovering from forced a change in business procedures worldwide, pressuring owners to adopt new workflow methods to achieve satisfactory productivity to allow for their continued survival and success. Some made swift changes to their workplaces in order to make it as safe as possible, but with a limited workforce, the problem for some is this wasn’t an option, so instead they made a transition to an at least a partially remote working team.
The transition to a remote work setting was the only choice for many firms, without it many stood no chance of surviving. They have found that it can, in ways, actually be more efficient and productive than the normal work setting. Remote working tools, when used correctly can significantly contribute to reductions in expenditure.
The practice of remote working has been growing exponentially in the last decade. The world of work needs to be as flexible as possible in the modern age, if your organization is not flexible you could fall behind your competition.
In this article we will explore the positives of remote working and teach you how to get the most from the tools available ensuring you are working as efficiently as possible.
The positives of remote working
Businesses have cited cost savings as the main benefit they have got from remote working. For smaller growing organizations it can be a significant advantage by allowing them to enlarge their workforce without the need to expand their workspace.
Employee recruitment and retainment
The ability to not only recruit but to retain the best staff is a big draw; with a remote working infrastructure in place you can advertise job opportunities to anybody, anywhere in the world if necessary. Regardless of your organizations location you can feel safe knowing that you are still advertising the opportunities your company offers to the best in the field.
However hard we try to avoid it, there are times that your existing staff become essential to things running as efficiently as they do. It is important to keep these people on board even if they decide to move residence, remote working can allow them to work from their new home with no change to their role. This will save you money and time in retraining someone new who does not understand the way your workplace operates.
Continuation of workflow regardless of unforeseen circumstances
Running a business isn’t easy, there are a lot of factors that are simply out of a business owners’ control. National events, weather conditions, rail strike, bus cancellations, the possibilities are endless and anything could affect your teams ability to get into the office. Remote working allows for business as usual regardless of the above.
Allowing staff to work in a mutually beneficial way for both the success of your organization, and their own mental and physical wellbeing, can increase job satisfaction, motivation, and engagement. A change of scenery can work wonders for a person’s mental health, the staff having the choice to change location as and when they want to can help them get a better grip on their work-life balance. This makes for a workforce with a far more positive outlook on things, which will lead to increased productivity without your team even knowing they are producing it.
Now we know about the positives that come with remote working, let’s take a look at some of the ways to be certain you are promoting an effective remote working culture that is fit to not only weather Covid-19, but also the future.
An effective remote working culture
It isn’t easy to enforce an effective remote working culture, so here are some brief tips on how to achieve this goal.
- Invest in technology – You can maximise your team’s performance by ensuring teams have the tools they need when working remotely to be efficiently productive.
- Maintain a good level of security – Be sure to provide secure access to all data and IT systems.
- Avoid social isolation – Communicate regularly with your staff to avoid staff feeling isolated and disconnected from others in the organization.
We will cover how to achieve these in more detail in one of our following articles.
Remote working is here, and it’s here to stay, its features and abilities have made it the future of international business productivity, its features provide the world with interconnected, collaborative, effective, online workspace for all employees no matter their geographical location. You must get as much as possible from remote working; it is of the utmost importance that you are effective with how you use it and what tools you use to maximise its potential – it can place you heads and shoulders above your competitors if you do this right.
Business as usual from anywhere
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