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Have you ever been sitting at your computer at work, buried up to your ears with somewhat trivial tasks and wished you could do all this from a more comfortable environment, or your home even? You're not alone, and many professionals have switched over to a remote office, where they connect to work via the Internet. The one downside to this is it can be a chore for managers to ensure remote employees are productive.
Here's five tips on how you can better connect with and manage your remote workers, freelance or otherwise, to help ensure optimal productivity.
Working with remote workers is a two-way street, and while you should know your remote employee's schedules, they should also know your schedule, and how you work. If you answer emails in the morning and have meetings in the afternoons, be sure to let them know that you expect/will answer their requests before lunch, for example.
Communication is key
Two-way feedback, both positive and negative, is also an important part of the communication process. You need to provide near constant feedback, even on small issues that would ordinarily be glossed over in physical interactions, while encouraging your employees to do the same.
Remember: you're the boss
Most importantly, if you work with strict deadlines, you need to ensure that remote employees are not only aware of the deadlines but are held accountable for them. If deadlines are missed, you may want to find another employee, remote or otherwise.
Provide a secure platform
This means you should provide remote employees with a secure way to connect to the office. Some solutions include virtual desktops or a secure laptop. Providing a secure connection isn't enough, you need to ensure your systems can actually handle remote connections and that IT support is available for remote workers. The added benefit to this is that you can better monitor productivity, as the systems can be monitored using the same software as is used for computers in the office.
Judge by the final product
Employees that connect remotely can offer companies who employ them many benefits too and if you're interested in employing remote staff, why not contact us. We can help find a solution that will work for both parties for best productivity all round.
Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.
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