With globalization on the rise and employers offering telecommuting, remote, and flextime work options, employees must learn new strategies and best practices for working remotely. Companies should always communicate clear expectations for a remote work environment, and they need to have guidelines for what it will entail.
Every company is different, but the basic principles are the same. Here are five best practices for working remotely:
1. Communication is key.
One of the best things to do in a remote environment is to make sure every employee is kept in the loop. Whether the employee is a remote worker or an office worker, it’s important to make sure each employee is copied on relevant communications. It’s also important to determine when and where it’s appropriate to communicate.
2. Supply a universal software solution for note/work sharing.
Whether it’s Google Drive or a company server, make sure everyone has access to everything they need and an easy way to collaborate with team members outside of the office.
3. Keep a company directory that lists individual time zones.
One of the biggest challenges with a remote work environment is accommodating everyone’s time zones. Being able to quickly access an organized company directory that lists individual time zones can help overcome scheduling issues and expectations on deliverables.
4. Don’t limit your mode of communication to just email or IM.
Speaking on the phone can help make this environment feel as normal as possible, and it can also help the team connect on a more personal level.
5. Use video chats to stay connected.
When communicating through emails and calls, you don’t get the nonverbal communication that helps build connections with other team members. Video chats through software like ReadyTalk can help your team stay connected and get the virtual face-to-face interaction they need.
View our infographic, Tips and Best Practices for Working Remotely, to learn more.
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