A more connected world means people can get their job done whether they’re sitting next to co-workers or hanging out at a café thousands of kilometres away.
“As more organisations open the door to the possibility of working from home, it’s time to figure out a strategy and adjust work-from-home policies, or risk losing valuable talent and productivity,” says Matt Goss, MD A/NZ, Concur.
“The thorny issues of local versus off-site employees can begin to solve themselves, with ever-improving technology offering more tools for workers in remote locations.”
For Goss, having a hybrid workforce, where workers come into the office from time to time but still work remotely on certain days, can provide a good balance.
“Whatever the make-up of the workforce, employers need to communicate expectations clearly and often, so that everyone knows how to deliver their very best,” he adds.
Three ways to keep at-home employees productive
1. Set reasonable expectations
“Just because an employee is at home doesn’t mean they’re at play,” Goss says.
“With a comprehensive productivity plan, businesses can ensure that remote employees are making a valuable contribution. Assigning projects with deadlines will keep businesses in charge of what really matters.
“Alleviating employees of painful administrative tasks like tracking time worked or manual expense reporting by implementing automated solutions can give back much-needed time for creativity.
“A goal-oriented approach lets workers motivate and regulate themselves, helping them become more responsible, and more productive.”