As a growing number of companies have been adapting to some or all of their workforce carrying out their regular duties from home, they’ve faced a new set of challenges in trying to meet their ongoing logistical goals and overall productivity expectations.
Managers have had to bring forward new skills and operational strategies to help their workforce with the transition to working from home.
Despite being in unfamiliar territory, they have to anticipate what could go wrong and be proactive about ensuring that it doesn’t.
Streamline Data Management
Having your team working in different locations may require adjustments to how you manage and secure data.
Network monitoring solutions can help an in-house IT department or manager stay apprised about what’s happening and get urgent information.
Ideally, a program should be able to deliver concise updates in real-time but also offer the option to look at individual events through a lens that offers every relevant item of detail.
In addition to promoting security, remote monitoring can optimize network performance.
If people aren’t seeing one another in a shared space every day, creating a new shared space online can help them stay organized.
A project management platform can create a common area for collaboration and establish consistency for communication so that everyone is clear about who is responsible for individual items involved in completing a project.
A manager will have to look in only one place for updates about each project rather than combing through emails to put bits and pieces of communication together.
Stay In Constant Communication
When people are working more independently than they’re accustomed to, it’s especially important that they continue getting the feedback that they need in order to do their best work.
Staff needs to be able to communicate with managers on a regular basis to avoid feeling as though they are without resources or simply blowing in the breeze for weeks on end.
It’s advisable to set up a regular check-in time in which staff can give a manager updates about what’s happening with projects or assignments and also have an opportunity to ask questions.
Ultimately, a transition to managing a remote workforce can take some getting used to. However, when you implement practices and utilize technology geared towards ensuring consistency, you can assure positive results.
After the initial period of adjustment, you may find that your workforce becomes more productive than they’ve ever been.