The advantages to employees of implementing remote working are obvious, even if you’re an employer who isn’t sure it’s the right thing for your organisation.
Being able to work from home to care for a sick child, if a plumber is coming round to fix the boiler or when their car is being MOT’d offers a flexibility that can solve a lot of otherwise inconvenient situations, but what’s in it for you as a manager or business owner?
Get a proper remote working policy in place
Many organisations don’t officially allow remote working, but may will be flexible in occasional, exceptional circumstances.
However, the problem with only sanctioning working from home on a case-by-case basis is that you end up doing so without a rigorous remote working policy.
Remote working can present a number of challenges to an organisation, such as:
- Employees accessing critical work documents on machines that aren’t secure to the standards you might set in the office.
- Issues over compatibility and overwriting can occur when different employees are trying to access and edit the same document in different locations.
- A lack of clarity over expectations on the part of both employer and employee.
Challenges in how to maintain good levels of communications between team members and line managers with the remote worker.
By implementing a proper remote working policy you can take care of all of these potential issues before they arise.
Employees feel respected as adults
By telling your staff that they can’t work from home, you’re essentially saying that you don’t trust them to work while unsupervised. This can be seen as patronising and that you aren’t treating them as adults.
On the flipside, when you tell your employees they are free to work from home whenever is necessary you’re saying ‘I trust you as an adult to get the job done just as effectively as if you were in the office.’ This not only improves team morale, but is also more likely to make that employee feel loyal to the organisation.
Open up your recruitment pool
If you want to find the best person for the job, why limit yourself to whoever lives in the local area?
Not many people will be able to (or even want to) relocate hundreds of miles for a new job, but if you’re willing to employ remote staff they won’t have to.
By opening yourselves up to the possibility of hiring remote employees you will be able to access a wealth of talent that might otherwise have been closed off to you. You needn’t even be restricted to the best people from the UK, as remote workers can be anywhere in the world as long as they have an internet connection and you have the right processes in place.
To find out more about how we can help your organisation prepare for remote working give us a call on 0845 094 2760.