As government agencies begin to implement telework policies, managers are new to managing remote employees and challenged to avoid disruptions in day-to-day work as employees begin telecommuting. While it may be challenging at first, it is possible to maintain workflow and organizational processes.
In a recent white paper, “Best Practices for Managing Teleworkers: Changing Attitudes, Changing Ways,” analysts from Frost and Sullivan discuss practical steps managers can take to limit disruption and increase efficiency when rolling out telework programs.
Teleworking may not be a good fit for all employees and should not be implemented agency-wide. Managers and employees should discuss if it is good fit based on job role, personality, work style, etc.
Location, location, location
Teleworking is great for location-neutral job roles but not all positions have this flexibility. Rather than eliminating teleworking across the organization, identify positions that can be successful despite location.
Rather than roll out the program for the entire work group, start small with a few employees. This will allow you to implement the telecommuting guidelines for your work groups and best practices and adjust management styles and expectations.
Some managers may have to adjust their style to focus on results, not time spent on a project. As long as the job is getting done, employees shouldn’t be judge on where or when they’re doing it.
On the right track
Develop career tracks that includes teleworking and remote employees.
Create collaborative group projects so that remote employees have the opportunity to engage and work with closely with colleagues.
Leverage social media
Implement social media and communication tools to help remote employees connect and get to know each other outside of work environments.
Give remote and telecommuting employees the technology tools for telework success.
Making telework work will require looking at your team differently – managing expectations while someone is remote and ensuring that collaboration continues are key to success. For additional insight, download the free white paper.
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