Shifting to a permanent work-from-home business model requires change — a new mindset, new processes, and new technology. Here are three questions you should consider if you’re transitioning your business to fully remote work.
Can management ensure employees have all the information and tools they need to be productive each day without coming off as overbearing?
A FlexJobs survey found that 31 percent of workers only need to hear from their boss a few times a week, 27 percent believe once a week is sufficient, and 22 percent wish their boss would rarely check in on them.
Unified communications provide the ability to chat with staff through SMS messaging or start a quick video call at the touch of the button. This way, management can quickly and easily connect with employees without inundating them with lengthy meetings and cumbersome technology.
Can employees create a quiet home office where they can stay focused, or does working from home create more challenges?
The same FlexJobs survey revealed that only about one-quarter of workers have a dedicated home office. Another 34 percent have to get creative to create a home office space once their employer made the shift to remote work. Another issue is work-life balance and perceived stress. Research shows that employees who are given more autonomy experience reduced perceived stress.
Do you have the right tools to facilitate seamless collaboration and communication?
Meetings and training will be virtual if your company transitions to a fully remote environment. Employees will need tools that make it easy to connect with co-workers and managers in a seamless way, such as secure file sharing and high-quality voice and video. Businesses that haven’t already will need to consider moving all or most of their operations to the cloud to make work from home a success.
If you’re thinking of transitioning your business, start with ensuring you have the right technology to empower your remote teams to thrive. Find out how efficient, productive, and engaged work-from-home employees can be with YeoVoice powered by Elevate, a comprehensive yet flexible cloud-based solution for wherever, whenever communications.
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