How to Make Working From Home Work for Your Business
Whether it’s a temporary fix or a long-term change for your business, working from home certainly has its benefits. Many employees report increased productivity, focus, and relaxation while working from home. Notwithstanding, there are some who might still struggle to make the shift. The following tips will teach you how to make working from home work for your business.
Set “Regular” Hours
From home, it’s just as easy for employees to underwork as it is for them to overwork. Create structure for your staff by scheduling regular work hours. “Regular” hours might mean something different to your company than others, but whether it’s eight hours or not, you still need to find a way to make your staff stick to them. Some employees work best at night, while others thrive in the morning — so staying somewhat flexible in your approach will help you find out when each employee will put in their best work. You can use a digital timecard software or simply ask your staff to send regular reports at the end of each workday to keep up with their performance and monitor their progress.
Equip Your Employees
An office setting is a comfort for some employees because it draws the line between work and home. For others, an office setting is imperative to their performance simply because they don’t have the same technology or tools available at home. To help your workers transition to a work-from-home environment, give your staff the option to take computers, keyboards, and other items that they may not personally own. Keep track of which employees take which devices so you can easily collect them when you’re ready to transition back into the office again.
Use Communication Tools
In the office, questions, answers, and virtually everything else your employees could need are just a few steps away. To make communication as easy — if not easier — from home, set your team up with a communication software. With the right software, you can create channels for specific departments, teams, and project members that might need to quickly chat, review information, or ask questions. When you want to schedule meetings, try using a video chat program like Zoom or Google Hangouts to remotely meet with multiple team members.
Have Faith in Your Workforce
Working from home is something that everyone will have to adjust to. Some employees will face more temptations and distractions while others will find it easier and more relaxing to work away from all the hustle and bustle of the office. Regardless, you need to trust that your employees can handle the shift over time and equip them with the tools to do so. Keep an open line of communication and be transparent about how your employees can reach you if and when they need to.
Co-Employment Wherever You Work
If you’re stressed about switching to a work-from-home setup, partner with a provider that has all the resources you need. At Professional Employer Resources (PER), we’re a human resources provider and co-employer, which means we can help with HR, payroll administration, and a range of other essential business functions — no matter where you work. To learn more, contact us today.