Besides the homebound, remote work includes employees working outside the office several days a week from multiple locations, freelancers who permanently work from a variety of locations, the co-working-space rowd, and digital nomads (whom I’ll cover momentarily).
A study by Imgur.com illuminates the varied nature of remote work, with the most common remote jobs being those in client services, business development manager, speech-language pathologist, nurse, accountant, writer, and account manager.The flexibility benefit, in particular, is key–but there’s more than meets the eye here.
Gallup research shows that employees are 43 percent less likely to experience burnout when given a choice in how and when to complete their tasks. At the same time, however research shows that flexibility can lead to burnout because employees feel indebted to their employer for the flexibility, and so work supremely hard to return the favor.
The shift to remote teams will mean more compromise and collaboration across the board.
The lack of day-to-day in-person contact and conversation will mean having to learn new skills and touch base in creative ways. But the benefits of working remotely outweigh the costs of retraining managers to improve their communication skills. With Microsoft dynamics available in the market, with wide range of tools to facilitate better communications the concept to transforming traditional office in favor of remote workforce.
- Improve Employee Productivity
These days, hiring for productivity means hiring people who are able to get their work done without lots of overhead and supervision. As a manager, leading a remote team entails being proactive in hiring these independent individuals. When you have a team of hard-working, capable people, your time as a manager is freed up to do more useful and productive things than micromanagement.
Jimmy Rodela in his article “8 Compelling Reasons Why Businesses Should Track Their Employees’ Time”, notes that employees tend to be more conscious of how they spend their time at work if they know their activities are being monitored. This awareness translates to increased productivity. Furthermore, monitoring employees helps managers adapt to any problems that arise in the field allowing them to be handled more quickly. This ability leads to a boost in productivity because less time is wasted dealing with problems after the fact.
- Assess Employee Output
Another benefit of tracking employees is the ability to measure the output of their work as it’s happening. By doing this, managers can see if the right employees are being assigned to the right projects. This indication can lead managers to purposefully coach that representative or potentially appoint a new representative to the project. And also, asses their outputs
- Handle Budgets Better
It’s difficult to determine how much time, resources and efforts would be needed to complete a given project.With employee tracking in place, managers can see how much time a representative typically spends with a given client and the types of activities he or she performs for that client. This data gives managers a better sense of that particular client’s needs and lets them allot funds and human capital accordingly.
- Administer Feedback
With timely communications, upper manager can deliver feedbacks to their employees at the real. This is an invaluable benefit, as many remote employees cite a lack of feedback from management as being among their top pain points. Workforce tracking enables managers to provide feedback based on specific activities that a representative executed in the field, instead of just speaking about his or her performance in general terms.
- Manage Project Timelines Effectively
Managers can track the time employees are spending on a project and the types of activities they carrying out and see if they are aligning with the proposed timeline. Insights gained from this data can lead managers to coach employees as needed to ensure they are working efficiently or possibly design a new timeline. Either way, monitoring will prevent projects from being delayed because of inefficiencies in the field.