The Improv Theater Stage of Life and Work in the Time of Covid - do we need work-life balance or blending?
One of the major challenges that were waiting for us in the post-COVID era was turning to a 100% remote work environment. This decision came along with a lot of speculations, uncertainties, and some interesting results.
Remote work has surprisingly improved the productivity levels of most employees around the world.
Studies show that 85% of businesses have confirmed that remote work and greater flexibility have led to increased productivity in their companies!
Hence, there is no doubt that remote work can be highly beneficial for your business, provided your employees are empowered with the right tools and resources.
A remote work environment can have numerous advantages for your company such as lowered expenses, less commute time, more flexibility, and of course, better productivity to name a few. Even though the evidence on how remote work can improve employee productivity levels is quite clear, numerous employers and decision-makers hesitate before deciding to go 100% remote.
This comes as no surprise because when employees are faced with constant distractions such as family, kids, and Netflix, it is highly likely to lower their productivity levels.
However, all these can be turned around by converting remote work environments into more engaging, collaborative, exciting, and fun.
With the right tools and resources, you can completely transform your employee’s productivity.
Let’s look at some super-effective ways using which you can empower your remote team and maximize their productivity levels.
Good, proactive communication is the key to any company’s productivity. Sadly, this is the most-hit factor when you transition to a 100% remote work environment. All the face-to-face communication, team meetings, coffee breaks, and of course water cooler chats are what most employees miss when they go remote. You can overcome these hindrances by having a clear and proactive communication system in place.
Have communication policies in place that will completely remove the inhibitions faced by employees while trying to contact others.
Encourage your employees to connect multiple times in a day through video calls, group chats, personal chat, etc. Ensure that there are no bottlenecks in your communication systems, and this way your employees will be more satisfied and productive.
Having a complete remote set up is quite challenging, no doubt. But, with the right tech stack, you can empower your employees and completely transform your work culture. Here are a few effective tools that will enable your employees to work smoothly:
A remote work policy might seem like an unnecessary step for many companies, but its importance is often underestimated. Even if your company supports flexible work hours and doesn’t want to apply any stringent rules, it is important to have some kind of a remote work policy in place.
A sudden change of work environment can be quite confusing and stressful for your employees which is why a remote work policy can be really helpful.
You can define expectations related to availability, status updates, KPIs, and similar terms in your remote work policy.
This will clear any unwanted confusions and your employees will understand exactly what is expected from them and massively improve your remote team’s productivity. Make sure you get continuous feedback on the progress of your remote team’s KPIs.
With a remote work environment, it is super-easy for your employees to get lazy and fall for distractions. Lack of motivation is one of the primary reasons why tons of employers are hesitant about promoting a remote work culture.
The most viable solution for this is to set clear expectations and goals for each employee. This can be done by frequently connecting with your employees, understanding their concerns and expectations, and coming up with a list of goals based on that. It is also important to set deadlines for each of these goals and track your employee’s progress based on their goals.
By setting crystal clear expectations, you are motivating your employees, and giving them a reason for continuous growth, even in a remote setting.
Rewards and incentives are an absolute no-brainer for improving productivity. You are essentially motivating your employees by offering them certain incentives for good performance. This will certainly help maximize productivity for your remote employees. You can offer incentives in any form such as increments, bonuses, paid vacations, free vouchers, etc.
To summarize, having a remote team can be a game-changer for your company’s productivity and thus your overall business profits. However, without the right resources and tools, it is easy for your employees to fall for distractions and boredom.
Hence, remember to empower your employees with the right communication and collaboration tools, offer them lucrative incentives, set clear goals, and you will definitely see a significant improvement in your employee productivity levels.
Hazel Raoult is a freelance marketing writer and works with PRmention. She has 6+ years of experience in writing about business, entrepreneurship, marketing and all things SaaS. Hazel loves to split her time between writing, editing, and hanging out with her family.