If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve either just hired a remote employee, or you’re thinking about hiring a remote employee. Just as you’d have to do with an in-office employee, you’ll need to show your new virtual employees the ropes so they can be successful. Through careful consideration and organization, you can successfully onboard a remote employee without the headaches. How do you effectively bring someone onto your team that you’ve never met in person? We’ll tell you how:
Category: Working Remotely
Contributed by: Yuriy Moshes
The dawn of remote work passed a long time ago. Ever since the digital office became possible many companies have utilized a partially virtual workforce. Smartphones and laptops have allowed us to abandon the strictly traditional office environment. In fact, according to a 2018 study by Upwork, 63% of businesses had turned to a virtual workforce by 2018.
COVID-19 has accelerated the shift to remote working conditions for many businesses. This has posed new challenges, not only in terms of management, but also how to remain in compliance with labor laws.
Working remotely is a trend that has grown tremendously over the past ten years. In fact, as of 2020, about 4.7 million people in the United States work from a home office and find remote work normal. Recently, countless more have joined the remote workforce as a response to the coronavirus. With lockdown orders in place, many people who’ve never worked virtually before are transitioning to an online setting.
You may have recently joined over 8 million Americans as a part of the remote workforce. Like many others, you may have a little trouble getting into the swing of things and finding your rhythm, especially when it comes to organization and discipline. Although you may be new to the remote workforce and it may seem overwhelming, you’ll find that you can actually improve your productivity. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your workday:
Whether you work at a startup, nonprofit organization, small business, or large corporation, remote work has become normalized in recent years. In fact, working from home is so normal, that over the last ten years remote work has increased about 91%. Although a large majority of companies have remote employees, many businesses still prefer that their employees come into the office every day to communicate face-to-face. Although traditional shared collaboration spaces work for some, remote work is a reality everyone will soon face. With the rise of the coronavirus, businesses everywhere are struggling to figure out how to manage their company without one central location.
Commuting to work is a thing of the past. More and more business owners are getting into the remote workforce trend. In fact, it has gained so much popularity that it has risen by approximately 115% in the last decade. Having a remote workforce is great because of its flexibility, but you may run into new issues that you would otherwise not have in an office. You may start asking yourself questions such as “How will I know what my employees are up to?” and “How will I ensure that my workforce still works like a team?” While there are systems to make sure that employees are staying productive, creating traditional workplace bonds between your remote team members will take a little more effort and creativity.
Working remote is becoming popular in the US, a trend that grows daily. Approximately 4 million US employees (about 3%) work from home at least half of the week. With an estimated 168% increase of remote employees within the next 10 years, companies everywhere will need to prepare. Although convenient for many, working remotely can come with many distractions for employees. Employers may also find it harder than expected to manage their remote employees. Remote workers must be able to organize and discipline themselves when outside the office. Those unable to adjust can miss deadlines, stress themselves out, and provide poor quality of work. Here are some tips to share with your employees about working remotely to help them stay on task and get the most out of their work day:
Contributed by: Lisa Michaels
Giving employees the freedom to work from home is a growing trend. It’s a trend that helps employers recruit and retain top talent because the convenience and comfort of working from home is appealing to employees. It’s good for employers too as it may even reduce employer expenses.
But you can’t just send remote workers to the wolves. A company needs a defined work from home policy to make it work.
Contributed by Jen McKenzie
More and more companies are utilizing remote workers these days. While there are numerous advantages to doing so, there are challenges too. Remote workers often feel isolated or not part of the group. It’s easy to forget about employees in different locations that you don’t see every day. Here are four practical ways to make your remote employees feel like they are part of your team.
Trust is not automatic. If it were, we could get ourselves into real trouble sometimes. The self-preservation instinct can make us skeptical, especially if we’ve been burned before, but staying skeptical won’t do us any good either. Building trust with workers and developing positive relationships can help a company succeed.
Telecommuting is becoming as much a requirement as a perk these days. With so many single parent households, dual income families, and less help from extended families, taking off in the middle of the day is sometimes a necessity and making up for the time at home is the only way to put in a full week’s work.
There was a time when more women stayed home with their kids. It was their job to do the shopping, pay the bills, cart the kids to sports, and attend meetings and conferences. There were no conflicts with work because this was their work. The kid’s needs were attended to without any interruptions at dad’s workplace.
Of course, every family wasn’t so idyllic but this arrangement was more the norm then than it is today. Now many parents are taking care of two jobs – the job of caring for the home and children and the job of making a living.
Contributed by: Anum Yoon
Telecommuting creates new opportunities and new challenges for employees and employers alike. While telecommuting provides employees with more job opportunities and employers with a wider hiring pool, it also provides unique challenges to workplace communication and productivity.