The working world is changing, to the extent that hasn’t been seen since the industrial revolution. We tend to think of technology as already being all-touching, but this isn’t really the case. Things are just getting started. In the future, a significant portion of the workforce will be working from home, thanks to technology. And indeed, it’s already happening now in forward-thinking companies, who understand that employees are happier — and work better — when they’re working from home. If you’re curious about how you can introduce remote working into your business, take a read of some of our tips below.
Even if you’re fully committed to establishing a work from home culture at your company, you’ll want to get things moving slowly. It’s a big shift in any business, and if you rush into it, you might find that you make mistakes that harm the bottom-line of your company. Start by allowing a select (small) number of employees work from home, on one day a week. This will let your business slowly get used to the new way of doing things. From there, you can look at increasing the numbers.
You might be interested in gleaning the benefits of having your employees work from home (which include reduced energy bills and greater productivity), but you shouldn’t force anyone into working from their own property. While it’s a dream for some workers, it’s a nightmare for others, who, for one reason or another, just can’t get into the zone when they’re working in their living room. Even for those people who are interested, the idea might be better than the reality. There are advantages to working in a regular office that people don’t fully appreciate until they’re working at home.
The Right Setup
Of course, you can’t just tell your employees to work from home and expect fantastic results if you’re not first ensuring your company has the right setup that’ll make the process smooth. It’s technology that has allowed such freedom when it comes to where we work, so make sure your business has all the right pieces in place. Cloud storage is imperative, since it will enable your workers to access the company’s important documents from wherever they are. If you don’t currently have a cloud storage solution, visit this website to see the options that are available. You’ll also want to have software that’ll allow to easily communicate with your remote employees, such as Slack or Skype.
When we say, ‘working from home,’ we don’t mean every day of the week. The week should be split between the house and the office. An employee that never checks in with the office will likely become disengaged after a while. We might live in a digital age, but there’s something to be said for a little face to face time every now and again.
Remote working is the future of work, and there are real benefits to employees and employers. Look at making the journey now.