Since early 2020, an evolution has taken place across the global business. Firms of all sizes, from small start-ups to billion-dollar brands, have had to adapt week-by-week during the midst of the most devastating pandemic in recent history.
For some businesses, this has meant closing offices, changing suppliers, and outsourcing (amongst many other things). In a normal environment, such drastic changes would never have been required. However, these are strange times where owners are simply concerned with keeping their businesses alive.
Unsurprisingly, one aspect of the recent evolution that is here to stay is remote working.
Although some businesses are returning to offices, many are moving forward with their remote working systems remaining in place – as there are simply too many benefits to this system for it to be discarded.
So, if you’re a manager of a small to medium-sized business with a remote workforce, here are some smart tips for you to instantly put into action.
1. Upgrade to the latest technology
Remote workers need access to high-quality technology so that they can work better and smarter.
Therefore, it’s important that you implement next-generation solutions into your IT structure. These solutions will take your team’s performance levels to new heights, from improved handling of customer data to efficient communication with co-workers.
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2. Prioritize the needs of your workforce
Many people are still adapting to the ‘new normal’ of working from home.
As relaxing as remote working can be, it still requires the right tools and organization for it to work, such as comfortable office chairs and the latest tablets.
Good Wi-Fi is also particularly important for your remote employees who are work online a lot (for example, if they are digital customer service agents). A poor internet connection is going to skew their work and make your role as an owner more complicated – so ensuring all your employees have strong and stable Wi-Fi should be a priority.
Make sure you have frequent and open conversations with your remote team about their ongoing needs, as new requirements may occur depending on their circumstances.
This way, your team will be happy and productive – which will make keep your business successful.
3. Hold frequent meetings
Because you’re not seeing your employees in person, it’s a good idea to hold frequent digital meetings. Right now, Zoom is the preferred platform of most businesses to hold group video calls.
Ideally, there should be a team meeting at the beginning and end of every week. During the week, you might not need to hold meetings with your team, but this is entirely dependent on your current projects and goals. For example, if you have a giant marketing campaign in the making, it may be a good idea to hold daily meetings with your marketing team.
Remember to always dedicate a select amount of time in each meeting for your employees to bring up any queries or suggestions they have, too – this will make for the most productive and beneficial conversations possible.
The world’s economy is returning to some form of normality. Naturally, this means some businesses are going back to the office, but many are not.
Those who aren’t coming in recognize the benefits of remote working – and will continuously invest in their remote working systems to ensure they keep improving. The tips in this article are an excellent starting point for doing this.