Transitioning Your Employees to Remote Work

By Meredith McKinney,

Ensure you have the right policies and rules in place to create success.

Many businesses today find themselves navigating a forced transition to a remote workforce. This post provides insights to help you ensure both management and employees have a good experience.

Commit to organizational change.

A pivot from on-site to remote working begs for clarity and clear decision making from management. Be sure to get your foundation in place prior to announcing the shift. Communication should be open and frequent to set expectations on how your team will collaborate and be able to maintain close relationships to meet their goals.

Digital practices - more than technology.

A level of new skills may be required to implement. Make sure your team has the ability to use necessary tools seamlessly and provide adequate support when they’re in a pinch. Management needs to consider “behaviors” to keep with the cultural norm in your organization. That may mean activity centered around providing a level of assurance for your team. Gauge how important “face time” is to your people and design your process to consistently provide the method and frequency of communication needed. 

A culture of inclusion.

Equipping your people with online tools is only part of the transition.  Results are derived from trust, accountability and the ability to adequately communicate. This is true whether on-site or off-site.  Leaders need to create a collaborative and open virtual environment that provides a platform where they listen to employees to ensure their needs are met.  By eliminating distraction, being active, engaged and supporting others will create a successful remote work culture. Get the job done, meet goals and keep your business moving forward.

Experiencing change together can shape the future for your workplace.

Of course, there will be hurdles to face and management can’t control everything all of the time so there will be a layer added to the transition of employees finding their own solutions to challenges when necessary. With adequate planning, clear and frequent communication and a culture of accountability, teams are able to remote work successfully.

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Meredith McKinney