Allowing employees to work remotely can be a great incentive to attract talent and improve employee satisfaction. And the concept is catching on in a big way. In fact, according to this article, an estimated 1.3 billion people worldwide will be working remotely by 2015. However, this arrangement also comes with its own unique challenges. Organizations are meeting these challenges in a variety of ways. Managed cloud services, for instance, can enable remote workers to stay connected and work more effectively. Hosted services allow all employees to keep in touch and collaborate from anywhere.
As the article points out, aside from the technical challenges, working remotely can be isolating and create a feeling of disconnect from the rest of the team. That’s why it’s important for managers to take responsibility and ensure that all members of the team feel included and in the loop, even when employees are scattered all over the globe. Keeping in touch on a regular basis is helpful, and there are more ways than ever to do that. It’s crucial to maintain a true personal connection, even if most of your communication is virtual. Video conferencing can help team members stay in touch and speak “face-to-face” even from miles away. Managers should also set aside some time each week to check in with remote employees, to help make up for the lack of casual conversations that happen naturally in an office setting.
Whenever possible, bringing the team together in person can be very beneficial for building rapport and increasing productivity. The investment in travel costs can pay off with the opportunity to spend time interacting in person and working together to discuss issues and solve problems. Plus, managers can coach, train and motivate employees in ways that might be difficult to accomplish from a distance.
A remote working arrangement can be a win-win for both companies and employees. The key is to use the proper tools and strategies that will facilitate success. Our managed cloud services allow your team to stay connected from anywhere with features like secure file sharing and collaboration tools.
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