Since March is International Ideas Month, it got us thinking about one of the best ideas ever — the ability to work from home. Virtual home offices are starting to become as natural and normal for workers as regular offices, running the gamut from sales people in the field to running a whole business. However, building a strong virtual workforce presence within an organization requires a little more than simply allowing people to work from home.
Having a strong remote relationship between a worker and their company requires the same things all other distance relationships demand - trust, communication and a fast Internet connection. With a robust, virtual pipeline connecting workers and managers, productivity can stay in bloom for your company this March.
This post provides five ideas for how both companies and employees can make virtual home offices work alongside traditional ones:
Recent data points to working from home as being a more efficient place for employees to do process-driven work, and workers tend to prefer it to running into the office every day. It makes sense that many of those moving to telecommuting jobs currently, or allowing people to work from home, are in process-driven industries or departments. Organizations with a lot of writers, engineers or even people who work phones all day may find telecommuting just makes sense for those employees. Business phone systems that translate work phone numbers easily between physical locations are ideal for people in this environment. Home offices benefit from easy access to the same information as the rest of the company.
#2 - Accountability Is Key
The people who really succeed while working from home are those that are able to hold themselves and others accountable without direct in-person oversight, according to Business News Daily. People in positions or in team roles that demand a certain portion of work get done every day often allows for a better telecommuting experience for everybody. By ensure employees who have the opportunity to work from home are able to handle this pressure, everybody can win!
#3 - Communicate
#4 - Save Your Lunch Money
#5 - Let Others Know How Much They Mean to You
Do you have the technology you need to work from home if the need arises? If not, we’re here to help. Contacting us might not be the best idea you’ll have all month. But it might be close.