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Are you thinking of implementing a work from home policy?

Although views were varied at the beginning about the effectiveness of allowing members of staff to work from home or away from the office, many business owners agree that employees can be just as, if not more productive working at home than when in an office environment. As well as increased productivity, many factors such as a better work/life balance, and appreciating the flexibility and trust from senior members of staff can also work towards creating an effective working culture for both staff and management.

So are you, like many others out there thinking of implementing a work from home policy?

If so, read on as we list a few useful tips and information on how to set up an effective system, to allow your staff to happily work remotely!

Plan ahead and implement the right tools

Rather than simply choosing a willing member of staff and sending them to work in a coffee shop for the day, take the time to find out the best system that works for you. Every company and every role will require different tools and circumstances to complete a job effectively– unfortunately this will mean that not all members of staff will be able to work away from the office, but you will find this out through properly trailing a system.

Communication is key

In every working day, you will communicate with your employees a large amount, to either get or give feedback, or to work together on projects. Without the physical interaction of the office environment, this will prove to be a challenge to overcome. Some companies prefer to use emails whilst others may schedule regular phone calls to update each other on their progress. Online task-management tools are also available, allowing anyone that has an account an access to a computer to easily log on and gain an over view of who is completing what, and when. Technology like this is helping many businesses all over the world to successfully implement an effective remote working policy.

Trust and accountability

For this system to work, management must withhold levels of trust to those who are working from home. Operating a transparent system is a simple way to build this trust – whilst working from home lends itself towards a more flexible lifestyle, staff must alert their managers if they will be changing their working hours for that day, for example. Using a real-time workforce management solution can help to implement this – by keeping track of actual hours worked it can reveal members of staff who do not stick to the times they have notified management of, as well as highlighting members of staff that are consistently reliable.

What steps will you be taking towards implementing an effective remote working strategy? We’d love to know!