It’s no secret that remote work is gaining momentum. According to Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of the 2005-2015 American Community Survey, roughly 25% of the modern workforce teleworks, and as much as 90% of the U.S. workforce would like to telework at least part of the time.
Judging by these statistics, remote work must offer substantial benefits — and business leaders agree. Separate research from Global Workplace Analytics has found that over two-thirds of employers say telecommuting or remote work programs make their teams more productive. However, developing and launching a successful remote work strategy isn’t always a walk in the park. Concerns about employee isolation and morale depletion often prevent companies from implementing a strategy, as do many other common teleworking stigmas.
Fortunately, there are best practices that every organization (large and small) can follow to overcome remote working challenges and launch an effective strategy. CIO.com senior writer Sharon Florentine has compiled three of them in a recent article.
1. Establish the “Why”
Every remote work strategy should be created to accomplish a goal or solve an organizational problem. Establishing details of the strategy (setting policies and defining guidelines) can happen only once all stakeholders and employees understand the purpose of the new remote work paradigm.
2. Find the Right Technology Fit
Naturally, remote work strategies are reliant upon effective collaboration, which can’t happen if employees lack the right tools. Not only do business leaders need to arm teams with an understanding of how to use the communication technologies at their disposal, but they also need to ensure the tools do what employees need them to do.
3. Personalize the Experience
A common complaint about today’s remote work paradigm is that it detracts from company culture and camaraderie. Solutions like video conferencing and Skype can help ease these concerns, creating a remote work environment that is productive and efficient but also personal and inclusive.
Remote work trends aren’t slowing down, and as more employees and candidates seek remote work as part of their job roles, the best thing business leaders can do is get prepared. For an introductory resource on how to integrate a remote work strategy into your organization, read our blog post, “Guide to Supporting the Modern Teleworker.”