How to Run a Business in an Increasingly Mobile World
Since the inventions of broadband Internet, smartphones and tablets, and cloud computing, entrepreneurs all over the world have adopted a more streamlined approach to running their businesses. Many maintain smaller offices by utilizing employees who work remotely from home.
The work-from-home revolution has grown in popularity because it not only helps employees better manage their work and home lives, but it actually promotes productivity because when employees work remotely, it is much easier for employers to determine how productive their employees are really being.
But, for an entrepreneur who is new to using remote employees, managerial issues can sometimes come into play. Here are three tips you can use to effectively manage your employees who work from home so you can get the most productivity out of them.
Not Everyone Is Cut Out for Remote Work – Hire Only Those Who Are
Working remotely is not as easy as many make it out to be. An employee needs to be responsible, and a self-motivator. It is very easy to get sidetracked by chores, telephone calls, and other disturbances when working from home, so an employee needs to be comfortable with managing their time and working solo.
But, a good employee is one who should also be balanced. Just as easy as it can be to get distracted at home, one can easily become obsessed with work when they are doing it from home. Hire employees who are familiar and comfortable with working from home, and make sure they have other things in their lives to offer balance, such as a hobby, family, or a pet. Hiring the right employees from the start will make your job managing them that much easier.
Take Advantage of Technology
If you want to have remote employees, then you need to have the technology in place to support this type of business. Utilize today’s high quality communication programs, file sharing programs, and other resources so everyone is connected and on the same page. Holding virtual meetings through Skype on a regular basis will help employees and managers alike feel personally responsible to each other and dedicated to the company as a whole.
But, don’t restrict these get-togethers for company meetings; creating a virtual water cooler will help your employees get to know each other so everyone will feel as though they are part of a team.
Trust Your Employees, But Review Them Regularly
Research shows that when an employer trusts an employee, that employee does better work, is more productive, and takes less time off. By allowing your employees to work from home, you are placing your utmost trust in them.
In most cases, when an employee is aware of this trust, they will not abuse it. But, as trusting as you may be, your employees still need to be accountable, so reviewing them on a regular basis will help ensure that they are performing as expected.