First ,Lets define What is remote workforce
As pandemic and lock downs around the world hit, many international companies see a real solution in implementing a remote workforce with all the challenges that represent being a company fully remote.
There’s no definition of an exact number on a minimum number but the term remote worforce implies that there are several or more employees that work from a remote location.
Remote workforce is a group of collaborators in an organization or company who primarily work off-site from a location other than a traditional office.
In many cases companies wasn’t prepared to act and evolve to a fully remote workforce in 2022.
Remote only can be defined as a company who’s employees are fully remote, there’s no central office location and every collaborator is 100% distributed in some cases these companies unite at retreats to build connectivity and a sense of belonging and community.
Some synonyms can be: fully remote, fully distributed
Managing a remote workforce – best practices
Remote work can be ultra productive when done right, here are some best practices for effectively managing remote workers:
1.Setting up clear guidelines and expectations
In terms of working schedules, asynchronous work, performance, goals and specific KPIS you must set very clear objectives for each department, there’s no need to be micromanager but you don’t want to be fussy about the objectives to be met in order to succeed as a company.
Setting goals needs to be SMART, Simple, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound and everyone need to be accountable.
You can set goals with a framework named Ice scoring model by Sean Ellis mentioned in Hacking Growth
You set Impact Confidence and Ease and establish a score in order to prioritize
You set Impact Confidence and Ease and establish a score in order to prioritize actions in order to move the entire organization towards a goal.
2.Setting up regular reviews
Team opportunities for growth can be set regularly, but need to be separated from one on one.
Updates and daily work aim to hit constant targets as a team but performance need to be addressed one on one to review possible questions or specific concerns, depending on each team these can be set up daily, each other day, weekly or bi weekly depending on very specific needs.
3.Listen more talk less
Communication is bi – directional, truly listening requires time and patience, invite feedback on all aspects of remote work experience, periodically check in with each member of your teams and share updates about how they are doing in general, motivation not just project updates.
4.Invest in tech
Bring to the table the best software to communicate and collaborate, dynamic easy to use SAAS for meeting, sharing information, organize work on a daily basis can bring innovation and collaboration when people are not working side by side in the same location.
5.Trust your team
Remote workforce and remote first companies build upon trust, performance increase when companies trust and focus more on results than desk time.
Hiring a responsible team that can and will pursue goals and commit with a vision it’s not an easy task, it will require communication, alignment and trust in order to bring top talent that deliver.
What are the challenges of managing a remote team?
Lack of physical presence and in person interactions create a sense of distancing and you need to be aware of low morale, burnout, interpersonal conflicts, lack of communication and miscommunication
Another kind of challenges can be:
Foster a healthy and collaborative culture can be impacted by Social isolation, when collaborators are not managing well work by themselves and with clear objectives things can derail and get out of control, survey your collaborators constantly in order to be close and listening to their needs.
In their daily routine remote workers might be struggling with distractions especially if they are working from home, these can include family and children, chores or home maintenance, street noise and other sources of distraction.
As a company you can provide hardware, headsets, a comfortable chair and every office supplies to facilitate daily tasks, by being concerned of your collaborators day to day you show interest and engagement. A happy collaborators who is taken care is more productive an show a better performance.
Over communication, miscommunication and even people left out of important meetings can represent a challenge, you need always to keep everyone involved in the loop when it comes to important projects.
Teams need to be in constant communication in order to hit their goals.
Managing a remote workforce sounds like a difficult task but doing these properly you can benefit a lot from these new working model, many companies had report:
1. Improvement to Productivity
2. Reduced Equipment Costs
3. Lower Employee Turnover
4. Savings on Office /Space Rental
5. Access to a Wider Talent Pool
6. Fewer Staff Absences
7. More Flexible Work Hours
8. Improvements to Green Credentials
9. A Healthier Workforce
10. An International Workforce at any Scale
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