While many companies are becoming more accepting of a remote work environment, each business is different and needs to think through the decision so expectations are met. Whether you’re working for a company that’s already incorporated telecommuting or thinking about doing so, there are some key considerations you need to take into account.
1. Is there trust between the employee and employer?
Telecommuting definitely requires trust between the employee and the employer. Without it, it cannot be successful. However, there is a difference between having doubts and not having trust. Ask yourself whether you trust your employees or if you’re simply having doubts in the viability of telecommuting for your company.
2. Have a way to measure productivity and engagement.
How can you know if something is successful if you can’t measure it? Find ways to measure productivity and engagement, and make sure to be transparent about those results.
3. Find a time for in-person meetings or conference calls.
While many jobs can be done completely remotely, it’s still a good idea to touch base every once in a while to make sure everyone is on the same page.
4. Employees should still be as available, accountable and productive as they would be an office.
You need to be clear about expectations upfront, and this one is key. Telecommuting should be offered to encourage productivity instead of hindering it.
5. Communication is the key.
Simple, but profound. Keep the lines of communication open and you will be able to work through anything.
A remote work environment can work if you know how to work through it. Think about these considerations before making any decisions, and revisit this list if you’re experiencing problems.
For more tips on how to have a successful work environment, read our infographic, “Tips and Best Practices for Working Remotely”.