More and more companies are moving to a structure of all remote work, all the time. With organizations more willing to allow their employees to work from home, what changes can we expect? Here are a few predictions and ideas to get ready for this new normal.
Invest in Infrastructure
There is no time like the present to ensure that your organization's servers and infrastructure can effortlessly handle remote work. While most companies have made investments in infrastructure over the past year, it is not just a "one and done" scenario. It's still important to continuously evaluate your organization's setup. And it's imperative that equipment is up to date and connectivity is consistent. By constantly ensuring the health of your infrastructure, you're also ensuring that employees have less downtime. This means increased productivity. A win-win for all involved.
Build Trust Within Your Team
Do you want to work for a company that doesn’t trust their employees to do their jobs? My guess is that your answer to that is a resounding "no." It is, in fact, highly un-motivating for employees to feel like they're being watched, monitored, and constantly assessed.
The installation of keyloggers, video monitoring programs, etc., are all ways companies try to ensure that employees are working. But all of these methods build a negative company culture. Organizations should trust that the employees who are hired will complete the tasks that are given to them. Reward employees for productivity and quality of work. Those metrics are the ones that count, not how many times a person can press a space bar every 15 minutes.
Help Employees Relax & Unwind
It’s harder to separate work from home life when everything is done in the same place. It’s important for companies to provide ways for employees to socialize with coworkers and recharge from the tedium of being in an unchanging environment. Virtual lunches, happy hours, and game hours are all great examples of how organizations can break up the monotony of the workday for their employees.
Offer Amazing Benefits & Perks
With remote work growing, many physical offices will become a thing of the past, and it will be easier for employees to switch jobs between remote companies. For both of these reasons, the money that companies will save by having less real estate can and should be used to increase benefits for employees. Offering benefits and perks above and beyond what many other companies have will create loyalty and lead to less employee turnover.
No one can predict the future, but these are a few ways that companies can address the changes we already see happening now. Let’s make the most of them.