This Is How to Improve Your Efficiencyon 10 July 2018Posted by Sam Abrahams
Remote working is becoming more and more common as businesses strive to cut costs and increase employee efficiency. However, there are those who feel that a workforce that escapes the watchful eye of management will be less productive and more inclined to shirk responsibilities. There are a few tips and tricks you can implement to give your remote working employees a gentle nudge in the right direction – here’s to improved efficiency and a happy workforce.
I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business - Harvey Firestone
Worried your employees are mowing the lawn or watching daytime TV when they should be working hard for your business? You have to build trust if you want to get the best from a remote working arrangement. Employers need to deliver a concise and consistent message, make goals and objectives abundantly clear and ensure communication is tip-top at all times.
Communication works for those who work at it - John Powell
Trying to build trust with employees? Then communication is your best friend. Technology comes into its own when we talk about remote working - there are a myriad of different platforms and constructive software packages that can make a real difference to the way businesses connect with employees, clients and suppliers.
Not sure what will work for your company? You need create a user-friendly, secure and functional environment that allows your employees to connect, a place where they can come together to access important data and information, a place where they can share ideas and concepts.
Good order is the foundation of all things - Edmund Burke
Don’t allow chaos to reign, it’s order that wins the day. Assigning tasks and milestones is a key element of making sure a project runs smoothly. Figure out what needs to be done, who needs to do it and when it should be done by. Priorities should be clear and obvious for all involved to see.
Remote workers should have access to the relevant facts and data – they should be able to see the same set of objectives and take onboard the tasks that need to be carried out and the timeline to be adhered to. Projects should be monitored carefully to make sure they stay on course and are set to be completed on time. There are numerous invaluable tools that can help with this including Gantt charts and critical path analysis, put them to good use.
Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean - Ryunosuke Satoro
Remote workers may be working solo from their home or an office, each offering his or her own expertise and skills to a project, but they still need to come together with co-workers and colleagues, clients and suppliers to share ideas, build relationships and iron out issues. This is where online collaboration software and the many collaboration tools available come into their own. It’s about sharing files, working together as team, and coordinating projects. It’s about forming a strong and loyal team who trust and rely one another. Remote workers can bring so much to the table as individuals, but as a cohesive team they can not only bring plenty but also build a table and a whole house around it.
Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn unless it achieves results – Ernest Shackleton
Want results? Then have faith in your employee, you have chosen them for their skill-set, now it’s time to allow them to show those skills off. As an employer you should offer support and guidance and the right tools to enable them to do their job. Remote workers are keen to showcase their efforts (sometimes more so than those who work in an office, as remote workers are less visible). Make sure progress is tracked and meetings run to schedule, take an interest in accomplishments and acknowledge successes. Follow up on problems and open up discussions when things aren’t going to plan.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success – Babe Ruth
A solid team may comprise of remote workers or those who come into the office everyday (or a mix of both), they all require the same thing – to feel connected, engaged and valued. Being part of a team increases morale and drives productivity, encourage cohesion and say a warm hello to an efficient and effective team.
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