This is a guest post from Katie Stearns, PR and outreach manager at BeeBole Timesheet. She’s a digital marketer who loves monitoring management and leadership trends to create more valuable B2B content for managers. Katie is particularly interested in helping the world become a more productive place.
For many HR professionals and company executives, 2020 has turned out to be rather stressful (to say the least). Many of us started off the year with a twinkle of hope in our eyes, but the current pandemic has proven to be more challenging than we imagined.
For many companies, switching to remote work was required, but they never considered if remote work was right for their teams. As company executives decide whether they want to return to the office or continue to work from home and move their operations online, employers are likely asking many questions.
If you and your company are considering a shift to remote work, here are some tips to help you get started on your journey. In this Process Street post, we’ll be covering:
Let’s jump right in!
Before we get into the specific questions you should ask yourself, let’s start from the beginning: What is remote work?
Remote work is a working style that allows employees to get out of the office and work from wherever they feel most comfortable (usually their home or a coworking space). Companies that have a robust remote work policy are ahead of the curve and attract top talent globally.
Why do companies choose remote work?
There are a variety of reasons why a company might choose remote work.
Lowers overhead costs, like the price of an office space. Allows companies to recruit the best talent, no matter their zip code. Helps companies deal with safety precautions (like a global pandemic). Improves the carbon footprint of an organization due to reduced commute times. Gives employees a better work/life balance and allows them to live in cities with a lower cost of living. What types of remote work are there?
If you are looking to pick a remote working strategy for your company, here are some ideas to get you started.
If you’re thinking about remote work, you might already be familiar with the fully remote model. In this model, your company goes remote first; you don’t have the overhead of an office; your employees can work from anywhere, although you might want to find workers staying in a similar location to where your company’s virtual headquarters are.
If you intend to go fully remote, you might want to think about digital nomads. A digital nomad is a type of remote worker who works from wherever they have an internet connection. Most remote workers stay put in their homes or apartments, but you might run across a type of remote worker who likes to travel a lot. You might want to put some extra safeguards or security measures around these remote workers to ensure they handle the information they have about the company and customers properly.
Flexible work policies
For some companies, a fully remote experience just isn’t possible. Instead, they might allow employees to work from home a few times a week or month. These companies aren’t able to be as open with who they