Managing and Enhancing Productivity Whilst Working from Home
A New World
We are living in a world of Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings as they are now form an integral part of how we conduct our businesses and how we communicate whilst working from home. Companies are slowly realising how far more effective and productive their employees can be whilst working from home.
Working from home allows companies to reduce their real estate costs, expand and attract talent in areas at a distance from head office locations, and improves the work experience for employees such as removing difficult commute times.
The New Challenges
As the economy slowly reopens, the work-from-home model can raise a few questions such as “is it sustainable?” and “how can we manage this model?”.
Productivity can be a multi-dimensional issue due to its situational nature. Therefore, businesses need to measure and monitor productivity accurately in order to get a greater understanding of how to manage it. Managing productive is fundamental to the new business world we face.
When companies understand how to manage the model, it will dramatically improve it. COVID has posed a silver lining as it forces some companies to have to deal with the reality of ongoing work-from-home work and make it sustainable.
Healthy Work-Life Balance
Working from home not only provides a healthy work life balance for employees, but it eliminates the commute to work, as well as the added benefit of working from the comfort of their own home. This can also benefit employers on cost savings such as furnishings. Ensure that you keep open communication with your staff to engage in non-work interactions, this is shown to assist in finding better ways to maintain the productivity of employer’s remote teams.
Working From Home Tips
Here are a few ways to enhance productivity whilst working from home:
- Efficient technology and production tools to do their work
- Mutually agreed expectations – clear and honest communication of expectations
- Daily check ins to report on what employees are doing for the day
- Maintain regular, routinely contact
- Dedicated workstations
- Have full trust in your team members
- Provide opportunity for growth and upgrades
- Set goals for yourself and your staff
- Give your employees flexibility
- Keep transparency by providing feedback