Working from home has often seemed an appealing concept for employees, and companies have been under some pressure to show they support flexible working and work/life balance. But it’s a completely different matter right now, when there is no choice but to remote work due to Coronavirus.
For many the reality of working from home is very different from how they thought it would be. Forget the practicalities of finding and setting up a space where you can get on with some uninterrupted working, there are many other methods your staff will need to adopt if they are to work effectively from home and help contribute to corporate growth.
Jordan Poulton, a serial entrepreneur and an advisor with vast experience of learning and development shares with us his views on remote working and how best to manage it. We asked him, what are the top three major organisational changes that are occurring with a shift to remote working?
Jordan, what skills are going to become even more key with the shift to WFH?
“Managing to goals instead of micromanaging (outcome-oriented approach). The right balance of flexibility and discipline. And an even higher emphasis on communication skills, since a larger proportion of employee interactions will be virtual.”
Is there anything companies should be avoiding or de-prioritising with regards to upskilling/managing remote teams?
Jordan advises: “Choose trust over surveillance (backed up by the right tools!) Paradoxically, working from home often means that staff struggle to draw clear lines between work and home life, and often end up overworking.
While this might sound like a benefit in the short term, it quickly leads to lower productivity and burnout. Resist the temptation to encourage overworking to compensate your fears of staff ‘slacking at home’.”
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