22 Aug COVID-19 Managing remote employees
How to sustain a remote workforce during a crisis?
In this article, Ashley Kimler lists tips to manage your remote employees and ensure people are productive and motivated
COVID-19 has changed the workplace, forcing many companies around the world to transition to a remote workforce.
In Ireland, 47% of the population aged 15+ have had their employment situation affected, with 34% of those having to work remotely from home.
Naturally, this has presented a number of challenges that businesses didn’t expect to face this year. For instance that of managing their remote employees during COVID-19
Managing remote employees during a global pandemic is tricky.But if you get it right, it could lay the groundwork for a business that’s able to scale with a permanent remote workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at exactly what you need to do in order to manage your remote employees so that their engagement and productivity are both sustained and improved.
Set Expectations For Remote Employees
It’s important to remember that many of your employees won’t have worked from home before. They may not know what to expect. They also won’t know what’s expected from them until you tell them.
This can be done by creating work-from-home policy guidelines.
Communication is key here. It’s important that you make it 100% clear how many hours you expect your employees to put in. It also should also be considered what apps and tools they should use.
And how often you want them to check in with you, and so on. Also make it clear from the start what you intend to do with team meetings via video (how often you want to have one etc), as well as what each team member’s goals are.
These types of workload expectations will reduce the risk of your employees suffering from burnout during the COVID-19 crisis.