The shift toward remote work was already developing prior to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, many companies were forced to abruptly move business operations online for health and safety. Now organizations are realizing that, although remote work started out as a short-term, temporary solution, it not only was an effective alternative but actually had additional benefits compared to an in-house environment. If you are considering transitioning your workplace to remote work, it’s essential to clarify your goals and needs and communicate a well-rounded strategic plan. Learn more about how to develop a long-term remote work plan for your company:
Assess Previous Experience
Take stock of how remote work has gone, from the benefits to the challenging areas. Don’t just consider a leadership perspective – ask for employee feedback on what worked for them versus any issues they experienced. This can give you a starting point on the foundation of your remote work plan.
Establish Security Protocol
A major concern related to remote work is security, particularly when employees are accessing sensitive company information. Establish safety protocols that must be followed for remote workers. This may include strong password guidelines, implementing multi-factor authentication, or requiring employees to log into a virtual private network (VPN) on their devices when working.
A remote work environment has different logistics than an office workplace, so reevaluate your company policies and update them accordingly to match the needs of your remote workers. Clearly define parameters for remote work, including expected working hours, workspace location, and any specific guidelines by which employees need to abide.
When you’re not working in close proximity with employees, it is especially important to clearly discuss how success is measured in a virtual setting. Communicate your expectations regarding performance as part of your remote work plan and define the benchmarks that will be used to evaluate employees.
Modify Onboarding and Training Procedures
The manner in which you onboard new hires and train current employees is especially crucial for remote work. As you develop your long-term remote work plan, modify your existing onboarding and training procedures to an online format and to cover topics that are specifically relevant to your company’s remote work processes.
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