How to Introduce Remote Working At Your Business

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.

Slow Beginnings

 

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.

 

Who’s Interested?

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.

 

Checking In

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.

 

Be Ready For The Costs Of Working From Home

One of the best things about living in the modern world is that it’s now more possible than ever for people to break out of the typical nine-to-five office routine working under someone else all day long. More and more people are embracing the concept of working for themselves as freelancers or business owners. One of the most significant parts of that it means that a lot of people end up working from home. This can be one of the most exciting things since it offers so much more freedom than you might ever expect. However, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. One of the things that a lot of people don’t realize is that it can also have a significant impact on their finances. With that in mind, here are some things you need to keep in mind so that you’re ready for the costs of working from home.

Rent

If you’re working from home then you need to think about the fact that your home will now need to be suitable as both a living space and a workspace. Sure, you might think that you can work on the couch or in bed all of the time but the truth is that you need a dedicated workspace and that means that your rental costs could well end up going up. You need to figure out what you can afford while still giving yourself the space you need to work. Rent reports like this one from ABODO are very useful in helping you figure out what you can afford each month. The last thing you want is for your career to end up being prohibitively expensive.

Insurance

Home insurance is something that a lot of people should have but it becomes even more important when you’re working from home. After all, if your home is not only the place you live but a business presence as well, that’s something that you need to protect. Business insurance and insurance on equipment can be pretty expensive so you need to be sure that this is something that you’re budgeting for when you’re planning on working from home.

Equipment

Pretty much any career requires at least some degree of equipment and one of the challenges of working from home and working for yourself is that you’re going to be the one in charge of paying for all of it. Whether you’ve got some specific equipment that you need or you just need to get your laptop repaired or replaced, the cost of equipment and maintenance is something that you need to be budgeting for.

Of course, this isn’t the only challenge of working from home. A lot of people assume that they can just have total freedom but the truth is that sleeping in late and working whenever you want can end up being more of an issue than you would expect. You need to have at least some kind of schedule otherwise you run the risk of letting the work pile up and becoming entirely overwhelmed.

Excellent Employees: 5 Ways to Keep Your Staff Safe at Work

Not only is it the law but it’s your moral obligation as an employer to make sure your staff are kept safe and healthy at work. But depending on what your business does, there could be a number of ways to go about this. Here are some ideas.

 

Provide them with good chairs and desk

Something as simple as quality chairs and desks can make a huge difference. When you’re running a business it’s normal to want to keep costs down, but don’t do this at the expense of your staff’s comfort. Poor chairs can lead to neck and back strain, pain and reduced productivity.

 

Make sure protective gear is always being used

If you work in a noisy or dangerous environment such as a factory, warehouse or on construction sites then it’s vital that everyone has the right kit. Steel toe capped boots, high visibility vests, hard hats, eye protection and ear prevention are all key. The last thing you want is to do your staff a permanent injury, or for them to end up with hearing aids or ongoing health issues as a result of improper protection. Your staff should always be kept safe in these kinds of dangerous working environments.

 

Ensure everyone has the right training

Research shows that almost half of all people lie on their resume, and in certain workplaces this can be incredibly dangerous. When it comes to operating machinery, vehicles and other specialist kit, it’s up to you to make sure that the people you hire have the experience and qualifications they say they do. Run background checks to you can be absolutely sure.

 

Follow health and safety procedures carefully

Slips, trips and falls are still the most common kind of work incident, and many of these result in simple negligence. Always be sure to use wet floor signs after mopping, make sure all areas of the workplace are properly lit and that things aren’t being left lying around since they can become a tripping hazard. Something simple could be the cause of an accident that loses you a great employee and results in legal action being taken against your company.

 

Consider providing gym memberships

If your workplace is a sedentary environment such as an office where your employees are sat most of the day, consider giving them gym memberships as a perk. This will keep them fit and healthy, and in turn lead to better productivity for you. Employees love these kinds of extras, it can help them to feel rewarded and secure within their job roles and mean they’re more likely to stay in their job, rather than look elsewhere.