A number of employees say they don’t feel trusted by their managers to work remotely and yet there are a number of benefits that need to be considered.
By 2022, approximately 50% of the workforce will be working from home. If we have learnt nothing else through COVID-19 we have found that we have underestimated the efficiency and cost effectiveness of having a remote workforce. This particularly appeals to the younger workforce they have been brought up, not only to own most technology, but also to take advantage of a wider range of functions and make them work
So what are the benefits of changing our mindset?
It is proven that most employees are more productive, happier and more engaged. They won’t be sitting in traffic for an hour trying
to get to the office - they will be using this hour at home. Your response is ...but they could be sitting in their pyjamas watching Netflix! At the end of the day, you don’t know your people in the office are working, they might be spending more time talking to their colleagues or on their phones rather than on their computers. Some employees will find ways of not working regardless of where they are. If you are managing your people properly, then you will find they are either achieving their KPIs/goals or they're not. It doesn’t matter where they are located, the end result will be the same. If you can’t see the results, then this becomes a performance management issue. Those really concerned could consider Hubstaff, which captures employee movement whether in the office or remote.
If you are managing your people properly, then you will find they are either achieving their KPIs/ goals or they're not.
When your people are happy it is proven that there is an increase in productivity. This results in a higher retention rate and saves the company money in recruitment costs and training.
Employer of Choice:
Employees will be drawn to an organisation that challenges the traditional ways of working and treats them like adults.
I am not suggesting that all companies should have their staff working remotely, as there are certain times when collaboration of teams is important and team culture is equally so. It is a combination of both traditional and new work methods that will result in a cohesive work environment. The shift is coming, so we need to be thinking about managing this in a way that produces the best possible productivity for the company and addresses the requirements of our new workforce.