If you run a small business or own a large corporation, you probably have an employee or employees who would greatly benefit from working from home.
Whether it’s to take care of some personal obligations or because they want to spend more time with their families, many people love the flexibility of working from home. However, making this work in a practical way is not always as easy as it sounds. So what are some ways you can help your employees work from home more easily?
Here are some tips on how you can support your team when smart working.
Check-in With Your Employees More Frequently
If your business has employees who work from home, you should check in with them more often than you do with your other employees. The more often you check in with them, the more likely they are to feel connected to the company and the stronger their bond of loyalty will be.
If you wait until something goes wrong before you check in with your remote workers, it may be too late. Make it a point to check in with your remote workers frequently and encourage them to communicate with you via phone, Skype, or any other online means.
Organize Virtual Happy Hours and Networking Events
Your employees probably feel isolated and alone since they are working from home. Let them interact with each other in a non-threatening way. Organise some sort of “virtual happy hour” or networking event.
Give your remote workers a chance to connect with each other and get to know each other. Doing this will make them feel less alone, and it will create a stronger bond between them and the company.
Encourage Them to Set Routine
Many employees like the flexibility of working from home, but often they don’t take the time to set up an effective routine. A routine is simply a series of activities that you do each day on a regular basis. Routines are a key ingredient in making sure your remote workers get everything accomplished. So encourage them to set their routine rightly.
Encourage Professional Development
In today’s competitive business environment, companies must constantly develop and enhance their existing workforce and recruit new employees by encouraging professional development.
Employee development is one of the most important responsibilities of every human resources department. But, what exactly does that mean? Simply put, it means helping your employees develop their skills, so they are better able to do their jobs and become more valuable to your company.
Support Wellness Remotely
Wellness is a topic that is often neglected in business until it is too late. Wellness for employees means different things to different people. For some, it’s getting enough sleep, eating right, and working out at the gym. For others, it means providing a day off once a week or taking a short vacation. That’s why it is essential to discuss wellness as a company and create a plan for all employees to stay healthy and productive.
Studies show that employees who work from home are more productive than their office-bound colleagues. On the other hand, there are some businesses that find it difficult to get their home-based workers to come into the office. This guide can help you support your remote workers better.