The advent of the internet and the ability to access all kinds of information on the go has significantly impacted the way people conduct their everyday business. One of the biggest changes that enterprises have had to go through is to jump on to the flexible work trend.
What is this Flexible Working Trend?
With smart phones, laptops and Wi-Fi along with a host of other technologies entrepreneurs, freelancers, employees and other professionals no longer need to rely on a traditional office space. Not only do white collar professionals today have the freedom to choose where they work from, but this scenario also offers some clear benefits to a business-
- Lower Operational Costs
- Enhanced productivity
- Outsourcing talent that transcends geography
Outsourcing your office allow businesses especially SMEs and start-ups to adjust to any changes in business circumstances in a more flexible manner. Furthermore, allowing employees to work from home or choosing to do so as a freelancer allows professionals to pursue their work around their personal lives and vice versa. Finally, there is clearly a positive impact on the environment, since you can now work in more sustainable ways by commuting les and recycling recourses that are available closer to home.
However, for businesses and sometimes for employees who need human interaction and external motivation to get their work done, adapting to this trend can prove to be slightly more challenging. Whether you are working on a flexitime arrangement, telecommuting or working out of a temporary business centre or shared working space close to your home, here are a few things you can do to fully adapt to this trend
- Create a Daily Schedule. By creating a standard schedule for your work every day, you will be able to bring about a sense of discipline and commitment towards your work. This will also make it easier for businesses to monitor their remote staff.
- Take your deadlines seriously. By setting milestone dates you will be able to make sure that your projects are on schedule. This will allow you to also spot problems on time and make sure you effectively handle them.
- Create an Intranet. Studies show that employees are able to stay more motivated when working remotely if they have a platform through which they can keep in touch with and communicate with their colleagues and superiors.
- Be proactive. As an entrepreneur, manager or business that encourages working remotely, make sure you are proactive at solving problems immediately for your subordinates. This will prevent your teleworkers from feeling isolated from the main office.
Finally, make sure you design performance indicators for all your remote workings. This will help you measure effectiveness of your remote staff versus those who work on site. Also rely on video conferencing and other such technologies to support your remote staff at all times.