World has become virtual and so has work. It has no boundaries these days and can be done from anywhere on this earth. Globalisation has a lot to do with the changing working styles. It is not the traditional office boundaries anymore so the managers are not on your head to monitor the work or timings. The focus is only on the productivity and the task allotted to be completed.
A lot of cost also can be saved on inventory and infrastructure but even this looks like a positive approach certain thing to make it a success:
· Set productivity standards: It is important to set standards of the expected productivity so that it is not compromised and delivered on time.
· Equip the employee:Avail them all the access to the required applications and training materials. So that there can be a proper communication forms to discuss if there the employee is stuck somewhere.
· Proper governanceEmail, instant messaging and phone/video calls can be deployed to resolve queries, offer help and get feedback. Weekly status calls or reports on task trajectory will help in project management and achieving milestones.
· Acknowledge and resolve: Understand their concerns, issues, problems faced, working style, strengths, weaknesses etc. Make them feel important part of team and help in increasing productivity. A checklist can be created of the prerequisites to keep remote employees organized and efficient.
Well, involving remote employees in team is not just about saving office space, or less salaries, no additional operating costs etc.; it is about managing the resources both financial and people. It is all about productivity and achieving results. Technology has also created tools to manage remote employees. Action Management System helps align and motivate employees around key specific strategic goals, delivering fast, measurable business results. Apart from other HR activities, it tracks individual, team and overall performance on assigned goals.
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